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n Afghanistan she misses her husband and children. At home, she misses her gun. Kimberley Ashton is a Master Corporal in the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and one of three women profiled in Sisters In Arms, a documentary that peers into the lives of Canadian women serving on the front lines in Afghanistan. Near the outset of the documentary, Vancouver filmmaker Beth Freeman treats the audience to images from a 1943 black and white film called Proudly She Marches. The Canadian recruitment film portrays proud women marching in ridiculously long skirts and learning to drive jeeps, all for the sake of relieving a man to take a more important job, perhaps overseas. It’s an image Freeman takes apart in her 45-minute film. Ashton is a combat engineer, a job she chose after discovering women were excluded because of its physical demands. She applied to the fraternity of combat engineers in the mid-’90s, a few years after the landmark 1989 Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling that forced the military to open up all trades to women. Although only a dozen countries—mainly European countries and Canada—employ women in some role with their combat branches, the concept is a prickly one in the U.S., where women are

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Corporal Katie Hodges patrolled southern Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. photo courtesy of Paperny Films Inc. barred from joining the infantry, armour and Special Forces. It’s an ongoing debate in Washington, D.C., where reality clashes with military policy. The military wants the women, but the government is opposed—even though women were and are in de facto frontline roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women in the U.K. are also barred from combat positions. Scheduled to air on the Knowledge Network Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.

Sisters in Arms is a four-year-long labour of love for Freeman, whose younger sister inspired the documentary. Tamar Freeman weighs 116 pounds and at five-foot-three barely looks tall enough to ride the average roller coaster much less heft 75 pounds of gear, including a tactical vest, grenades and a rifle, across Kabul. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 as a medic, a decision that had a profound impact on Beth.

Tamar’s terrifying relocation set Freeman in motion to capture the stories of female frontline soldiers. Up until 1989, approximately one third of military occupations were closed to women. Even when the gates were officially open, there was reluctance to accept a woman fighting alongside men on the frontlines. Women now make up about two per cent of Canadian combat troops. While Freeman crisscrossed the

espite 16 years in the military and a posting in Bosnia, Ashton seems more like a kind and slightly naive substitute teacher. An uninhibited smile splashes across her face when she tells Freeman she’s getting ready to go to Afghanistan, but she also has misgivings. “I’ll miss my husband. He’s not very happy with me going over,” says the Franco-Ontarian, explaining her husband’s concern. “He was worried that I would come home different.” The fear of the mental anguish that’s been called shell shock, battle fatigue and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the destruction it can wreak on relationships, is very real for Ashton. Ashton’s husband is a corporal who also served in Afghanistan, and some of the things he endured have gone unspoken between them. She freely admits to being somewhat scared at the prospect of combat, but it isn’t her only fear. “My husband being alone, that scares me a lot, too.” Ashton explains how the strain of military relationships, and the toll a career in combat has affected her marriage. “He came home from tour and he wasn’t the same person... I don’t think he’ll ever be the same person,” she says. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 Ashton breaks down on camera as she talks about the loss of laughter she used to share with her husband and the strain on her three school-age daughters caused by what she called the “high tempo” of military life. That high tempo ultimately causes Ashton to seek an occupational transfer that will take her away from her trade as a combat engineer, a profession she loved and cultivated for 16 years, but it will also mean a chance to be a family again. “It affects me more, leaving the children. That’s three little hearts that you’re hurting every time you go away,” Ashton says in the film. After returning from her seven-month tour in Afghanistan in 2009, Ashton left her trade and is currently training as a supply technician. It’s less stressful, but it has also meant a decrease in rank. In her new job, which starts next year, she expects to issue supplies like clothing and boots to a regiment, far removed from the explosions and demolition she used to oversee as an engineer. “I am going to miss my trade, that’s for sure,” she says, speaking over the phone late at night after putting the dogs outside at her home in Chalk River, Ont. “I like to blow stuff up and things like that,” she says. Combat engineers travel everywhere with the troops, working on tasks as varied as locating landmines, diffusing explo-

ing through a lot of stuff when I got back.” Despite missing her job, Ashton believes she made the right choice. “It’s helped my husband and I, because we’re a family again,” she says. “It’s helped my kids... I get to tuck them into bed every night. “The military is great, it’s just hard sometimes to be both in the military and have a family life,” she says. When asked for what advice she’d offer a young woman thinking of joining the military, Ashton says to be particular. “Think hard,” she says. “Don’t just take any trade the military gives you.” Demonstrating the sensitivity Freeman captured on camera, Ashton apologizes for not providing better answers during the phone interview.

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Kimberley Ashton left her daughter Cassidy in Chalk River, Ont. to fight on the photo courtesy of SIA Productions Inc. front lines in Afghanistan. sives and building bridges. “I wasn’t the first female combat engineer, but I was the first to come to Petawawa,” she says of her time at the Ontario military base before her deployment. “When I first got here it was quite a shock for everyone.” Despite an easy smile, Ashton says she noted the turned heads, pointed whispers

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orporal Katie Hodges, another subject of the film, comes across as laid back and excited when speaking about deploying. “I chose to join the infantry because I wanted the opposite of a desk job,” says the London, Ont. native in the film, sporting a leather jacket and a knowing grin. Hodges lists adventure and adrenaline as two of the biggest appeals of serving in the army. Imagining Hodges examining expense accounts in a cubicle is akin to picturing a thresher shark in a wading pool. As much as any parent can be at peace and understanding of their child’s dangerous occupation, Mary Hodges, Katie’s mother, seems to appreciate her daughter’s decision. “I wasn’t really surprised that she chose this type of career,” she says. “Katie was so good in the reserves that I just knew she’d do so well in this field.” Hodges, with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, seems to revel in Afghanistan, enjoying even the most mundane tasks in the country that has seen foreign armies ranging from Alexander the Great to the Soviet Union. “That’s where we do our laundry,” she says, gesturing to a clothes line at a Canadian base in Afghanistan, “old school.” The only slight break in Hodges’ relaxed demeanour appears when she discusses the length of her training. “I’m looking forward to being able to do the job that I’ve been training to do for the last four years,” she says about her deployment. Her emphasis on training makes it

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seem like any more time stalking past hay bales and opening fire on legless dummies at a pre-deployment training base in Alberta would be like staying after school. Despite using terms for soldiering other people might use for camping, (“I wanted to be outdoors, doing something physical”), Hodges doesn’t lack a broader perspective when discussing the mission. “Women are able to vote, girls are able to go to school. I hope we’re giving them the stability we promised them. And I believe we are, it’s just a struggle.” Hodges is also aware of the myriad of hardships that could be in store for her in Afghanistan. “I’m scared of the people that I work with getting killed or injured and having to deal with the heartache of that and having to keep fighting immediately after something like that happens,” she says in the film. The slightest of stutters creeps into her voice when she answers a question about the brutal realities of combat. “The fact that you have to kill in the infantry is a fact, but it’s not murder, it’s a job.” Even after her journey is complete, there’s no world-weariness or widening of her eyes. She’s grateful to the women who paved the way for her, and hopeful that other women might follow in the footprints of her combat boots.

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n a cozy living room in a house just a little ways south of Broadway and Main Street, Freeman curls up in a chair and relates the four-year odyssey

of making Sisters In Arms with the rapid cadence of a woman who believes a picture is worth a thousand words. Although Freeman had worked on a documentary called The Whistleblower, she had never considered herself a filmmaker, and spent much of her working life getting sponsorship for events such as the Dragonboat Festival, the Tour de Gastown, and the Whistler Film Festival. Tamar, Beth’s younger sister and motivation for the film, found her military inspiration amid a household of left-leaning activists in the black and white photos of her father as a young adult, who was in the air reserves, sporting aviator sunglasses while standing in front of one of the lumbering planes belonging to the era of dogfights. The Freeman sisters—there are three in total along with one brother—were raised in a house teeming with political activism where draft dodgers stayed in the basement during the Vietnam War and discussions of creating peace between Israel and Palestine dominated the kitchen table. “We certainly didn’t grow up in a household that promoted violence or anything that would lead to a career as a soldier,” Tamar says. Tamar, a medic with the 2nd Field Ambulance, comes across as objective and honest in her sister’s film, realizing that making substantial changes in Afghanistan may take decades, but feeling a small sense of honour for her role in that transformation. “I don’t have any regrets for having served overseas,” she says. “I would deploy tomorrow.” Despite Tamar’s 12 years in the reserves, Beth says she couldn’t quite comprehend her younger sister’s decision to join the army. “It wasn’t something that we took particularly seriously,” Beth says. “It was very foreign to us.” Continued on page 7

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Continued from page 6 Tamar says the structured environment, the travel, and being paid to learn were all incentives to join the army. After she was deployed to Afghanistan, Tamar’s career choice took on a new gravity, and Beth says she was struck by a single terrifying thought about her sister: “She’s going to be in a war.” Tamar’s decision seems to have exacted a toll on her family. Her mother, Gilda Freeman, discusses her tension between supporting the mission and wanting her daughter out of harm’s way in the film. Two weeks after Tamar deployed, Beth was hit by a car while cycling. She said she chose to keep her injuries from her parents, given the load already weighing on them. Despite some uncertainty about whether Canada should even be sending troops to Afghanistan, and after trying to dissuade Tamar from going, Beth resolved to find a way to support her sister. She didn’t know she was beginning a film, but she needed some way to connect with Tamar, and made a request: “Could you get a camera and film as much as you can?” Seven months after Tamar’s deployment, Beth saw her sister in Petawawa, and after viewing the

Corporal and medic Tamar Freeman arrived in Afghanistan in 2006. footage, she started realizing it was more than an experiment. “She can be very persuasive,” Tamar says, laughing about her decision to hoist the hands-free camera for her sister. Beth says the movie really started coming together when she attended a departure ceremony in Petawawa. “What I did for two

days was walk around the base and ask women if they were in the combat force,” Beth says. But before she was ready to interview women in the armed forces, she needed to do research. “Because the military culture was very foreign to me, I spent a lot of time in Tim Horton’s.” She’d sit at a table and watch

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soldiers, listening to how they related to each other until they became more than a haircut and a uniform. “It’s easy to say things about people when it’s not personal,” she says. “Now my sister is one of them.” The bond of the sisters is evident in the movie as Tamar discusses the death of a fellow sol-

dier while still reeling from the shock. Tamar turned the camera on herself that night following the death because of her relationship with her sister. “It was almost like I was talking to my sister,” says Tamar of the video memorials. Besides a need for space and a little more self-assurance, Tamar says her time in Afghanistan didn’t have a huge effect on her. “I don’t think I ever faced my mortality or anything that dramatic,” she says, despite one tense instance of having to point her rifle at an Afghan civilian approaching her who refused to stop when asked. Luckily, the encounter ended without incident. Tamar says she believes Canadian forces should stay in Afghanistan, albeit with a little less military force. “I hope and I think we should stay, perhaps as a smaller unit with more mentoring and liaison than the pointy end,” she says. Beth says the process of working on the film invaded her consciousness, until she couldn’t stop thinking about the film, scribbling ideas in a notepad she kept by her side all day. But while the experience was exhausting and a trial for her health, she says it did what it was originally supposed to do. “It made my sister and I much closer.” jshepherdcourier@gmail.com


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A month before Toronto voters went to the polls to elect a new mayor, staff in Vancouver’s mayor’s office were told to stop sending out derogatory tweets about Rob Ford. Ford may have been a right-wing goof who kept making political gaffes, but he was tied or leading in the opinion polls. He could very well be the top municipal dog in this country and a guy that Mayor Gregor Robertson would have to deal with. The tweeting stopped and Ford won, replacing liberal David Miller thanks to what observers in Toronto saw as an “immigrant-led working-class uprising.” A week earlier there was another stunning municipal victory. This time it was in Calgary. That conservative city came out in record numbers to elect Naheed Nenshi. He is the first Muslim to hold the mayor’s chair in any major Canadian city. While both of these elections represented a clear desire for change on the part of voters and the two men clobbered their opponents, they couldn’t be less alike. While Ford is the enemy of big government and promises to privatize every thing that isn’t nailed down, Nenshi is praising his supporters because they “believe in government again and believe that government can be a good force in our lives.” Ford attacked well-educated, privileged elites to rally his troops. Nenshi is a Harvard grad who teaches at a local university. Ford gave the mainstream media the finger and assembled a massive army of campaign workers who pulled out the vote.

allengarr Nenshi was all about social media to build his support. Seven months before the vote, he was nobody. Then he launched his campaign using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And it seems most of the media got both races wrong. But what does this mean for Vancouver? Less than you might think and likely less than the opposition NPA may hope for. Here are a few reasons why. For starters, in both Toronto and Calgary there was no incumbent mayor. Both stepped down after lengthy terms and neither was particularly tainted as far as I can tell. Here, if things go as planned, Robertson will run again, which will greatly reduce the odds against any competition. The last incumbent mayor beat at the polls in Vancouver was Jack Volrich and that was three decades ago. By the time Volrich ran for his third term in 1980, he

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Justin Bieber’s puberty cause for global concern Just as the smallest particle is the “quark,” surely the smallest news item is the “Bieber.” Or so I thought. Last Wednesday, the dumpling face of tween idol Justin Bieber was splattered across the front page of the Vancouver Sun and the Province. The latter featured a double-page pullout poster of the entertainer on Monday, and again two days later, after his mascara-staining Tuesday night performance at Rogers Arena. The Sun topped the Province with eight feature stories on Bieber before and after the concert, including one on his famous “do.” As far as I know, these papers are not publications by and for 14-year-old girls, but I’m out of the loop on their hiring practices. In the days before TMZ and Perez Hilton, a responsible managing editor kept the blaze of celebrity safely contained in the newspaper entertainment section, away from the combustible front page. But today the fire chief is also the arsonist, and the firewall between the newsroom and the advertising department is just a molten memento. The rockin’ pneumonia and boogie-woogie flu have nothing on “Bieber Fever,” which has turned newsprint and glossy publications into a vector for a social inflammation that broke out on the web. (In September of this year, it was reported that the B-boy accounted for three per cent of all traffic on Twitter.) However, this is not your usual flaming idiocy over a newly minted pop star. It’s like a mashup of Tiger Beat magazine and Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Or a thriller about how a rogue intelligence agency captured the mojo of the Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron, and Robert Pattinson, and funnelled it into a helmet-haired android with perfect pitch and a laser tag gun. But there is trouble afoot. When Bieber began recording his second album in July 2010 in New York City, his voice was deeper than it was when he recorded his first album. His voice is cracking, and by his own admission, he can’t hit the high notes on his megahit “Baby” anymore. Perhaps I’m wrong, and his cracking voice is not just another disposable fact to anyone past Grade 10. From his humble beginnings on YouTube to his stadium-packing performances, the lad’s fame is growing exponentially to commandeer all available media. (I wonder how much longer the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists can hold out.) Biebermania has pen-

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geoffolson etrated the military-industrialentertainment complex like the Stuxnet worm, and it all hinges on the entertainer’s unthreatening prepubescence, with those knee-trembling high notes. That means his emergence into young manhood is not just a tragedy for his young fans but also a global economic security issue. That is why we must not allow the kid to age any further, and if possible, reverse the damages of the past year. At the very least, we cannot allow hormones to terrorize his apple cheeks with an insurgency of pimples. If we succeed in arresting his growth, we can be assured of a Biebermania-fuelled bear economy. With the North American market still reeling from the credit crisis and soft real estate sales, the only thing keeping it staggering along are funny-money derivatives and teenage hysteria. An aging Bieber could slam Wall Street back down onto the ground harder than Lindsay Lohan after 15 Jagermeister shots. Can we risk Bieber going all gangly, hairy and surly? Or worse, going off on a postadorable Corey Feldman brand bender? Of course we can’t. The answer is straightforward. We must cryogenically freeze the kid until science finds a way to arrest his aging process. This must become the Manhattan Project of our time. With Bieber on ice, there should be just enough economic stimuli available in b-sides, studio out-takes and promo material. Once scientists have cracked his DNA like a Rubik’s cube, and figure how to keep him cute and highpitched forever, we can defreeze the entertainer and stuff him into a waiting tour bus while his nipples are still frosty. I’m not saying I want a world with an eternal Justin Bieber entertaining generational waves of hypnotized tweens. I’m just saying that the economy is something bigger than my wants or needs. It’s a force unto itself, and if it’s screaming “Justin, Justin!” like a deranged girl scout, we must bow down before it, and offer it Bieber himself. Forever. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, competitive eating contests—such as last summer’s hot dog cram at Nat Bailey Stadium—flirt with blasphemy. submitted photo To the editor: Re: “Food talk,” Oct. 20. Kudos to Linda Watts for saying what I’ve thought for years; that speed eating is a “bizarre and disturbing sport.” It is an activity that can damage one’s body, not to mention the promotion of overindulgence and food waste.

As a Christian, I thoroughly believe that God is not happy with this kind of nosethumbing. And, as I’ve said for many years, there is likely no such thing as an “eating contest” in such countries as Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. David M. Johnson, Vancouver

Loud music in restaurants spoils appetites

To the editor: Re: “Letter of the week,” Oct. 20. Thank you for printing Karl Raab’s letter regarding loud music in restaurants. I for one have questioned the reason for this from a restaurant owner and the answer I got was: “When people have to talk louder to be heard, the orders for drinks go up.” I don’t visit restaurants any longer, the reason being the unbearable sound level of the music. I thank the Courier for paying attention to this important issue. You have done a service to countless others who would like the same issue to be addressed as often as possible. Lin Stevens, Vancouver

••• To the editor: There are studies suggesting that with the added noise people tend to eat

and drink more. Perhaps the dreaded problems with obesity and drunkenness could be curbed by merely shutting down the unnecessary noise, while simultaneously saving energy. An added benefit would be that healthcare costs would drop. Hans Schmid, president, Right to Quiet Society

••• To the editor: I would add loud TVs to the noise challenge posed by cranked-up music systems. One wonderful escape from this kind of bedlam into utter tranquility is the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay, which has steadfastly resisted installing sound systems or TVs. Another very quiet place, especially for a drink, is the lounge of the downtown Holiday Inn on Howe Street. I suggest voting with your feet (yes, walk away!) when

you enter a restaurant that overwhelms you with unwanted noise. Neil McBurney, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Several decades ago, patrons would have been shocked to see a “Smoke Free” sign in bars and restaurants. A couple of decades ago, people would have been surprised to see a “Fragrance Free” sign in public buildings, libraries and recreational facilities. Are we now ready for the next great advance? “Noise Free” and “Music Free” establishments? I hope so! Carole A. Martyn, North Vancouver

••• To the editor: Restaurant music makes it difficult to talk to friends sitting next to you. Ann Foster, Vancouver

Anti-car ‘zealotry’ ignores everyday human factor

To the editor: Re: “Permanently remove cars from Granville Street,” Letters, Oct. 20. Courier letter writer Marianna Harris writes, “Let’s make it easy for people to use transit and almost impossible for them to use cars.” The city is pretty good at the latter already. A piece of autobiography: I motorcycled to work from the age of 26 to the age of 63, in Australia, in the U.K. and since 1969 in Vancouver, thus causing fewer emissions and taking up less space. I gave it up because of injuries not related to biking. I consider myself entitled to drive a car and even to drive it downtown, though I now almost invariably go by the

Canada Line. The bone-headed zealotry of the right-thinking can become tedious, so let me add that for the past 25 years my wife and I and our two daughters have been vegetarian. I wonder if Marianna Harris is aware that meat-eating, directly and indirectly, is responsible for 51 per cent of greenhouse gases, more than all the vehicles on the road combined. So perhaps the next time she feels the urge to sound off she will consider that fact and get off the backs of those of us who need to drive cars, while doing so as little as possible. Alan Rudrum, Vancouver

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out, she said, there is nothing specific in the bylaws or the Act regulating the use of new or existing bike lanes or pathways. “I apologize for the error and appreciate your diligence in getting the correct information,” Longley wrote to Keam. I heard from Longley Wednesday and she told me the VPD’s traffic section will meet with the city’s engineering staff next month to sort out who exactly is allowed to use the lanes. Right now, she said, it’s unclear. “All of these things are hopefully going to be clarified in the near future,” she said. “Right now, there’s just so much that hasn’t been determined yet.” The city’s intention in adding painted lanes and separated lanes was that cyclists would have their own paths. The painted cycling symbols on the roads and the bike path signs support the intention. But until the law is sorted out, I guess I’m free to dust off my G&S Fibreflex Doug “Pineapple” Saladino deck and join my two-wheeled friends in the bike lanes. Or, maybe not. Apparently, there’re some new rules regarding skateboard use on the streets. Argh.

Rapid fire

In other transportation news… The NPA’s lone city councillor, Suzanne Anton, was hanging out at the Broadway-Commercial transit hub Wednesday talking rapid transit. I didn’t make it down to hear what she

said. But with this relatively new technology called email, I heard from Anton. She’s worried not enough attention is being given to the plan to run a rapid transit line from the Commercial hub to the University of B.C. The Metro Vancouver board will debate the Regional Growth Strategy Nov. 12 and Anton hopes the updated plan reinstates the importance of the Broadway line.

Coun. Suzanne Anton “The draft plan undervalued the importance of the Broadway extension and virtually ignored the needs of UBC,” she wrote. “Once the Evergreen Line is built [to Coquitlam], buses on Broadway will not be able to carry the load of new riders. If Vancouver doesn’t speak up, it may be decades before the line is completed out to UBC.” At a council meeting earlier this month, Anton said she hoped a decision on the UBC line wouldn’t be a political one. But when the line is proposed to run through a riding represented by some guy named Gordon Campbell, how can it not be political, asked the cynical scribe. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings


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Toyota dealership site tapped for tower plan Mike Howell Staff writer

The city’s downtown skyline could be changing again now that two developers want to build a 466-foot tower—the same height as One Wall Centre—near the north end of the Burrard Bridge. Reliance Properties Ltd. and Jim Pattison Developments Ltd. held a press conference Tuesday at Pattison’s Toyota dealership on Burrard Street to announce a $500-million mixed-use development called Burrard Gateway. “The Burrard Gateway site will be a very prominent and stunning architectural statement on that skyline,” said Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, which owns 14 of the 23 city lots that comprise the development. Pattison owns the other nine. The 48-storey tower is the tallest of three proposed for the project, including a 36-storey condo building (355 feet) and a 13-storey office structure (184 feet). A seven-storey “podium” will be attached to the tower and feature up to 100,000 square feet of office space. The development is spread over 23 city lots between Burrard and Hornby streets at Drake Street. It has the potential for 510 strata units and 79 or more market rental units, ranging from 600 to 1,400 square feet. Subsidized housing will not be part of the development. Although the tower exceeds the city’s view corridor guidelines by about 100 feet, the city has identified the project as one of six downtown sites that could receive an exemption and allow a taller building. This came after city council in January directed staff to report back on potential opportunities for higher buildings outside of view corridors, if they demonstrated “a new standard for green building design and recognizable architectural excellence.” The proposed design of the complex aims to achieve LEED Gold status, with an emphasis on energy savings and the use of green roofs. A 5,200 square foot daycare, a community

“THERE MAY BE LESS OF A VIEW IN THE FUTURE.” Jon Stovell

gallery, a large public courtyard and a car share program operated by Toyota are also part of the plans. The Toyota dealership will remain on the site but will be significantly upgraded with a 50,000 square foot, three-storey glass “jewel box” showroom where Toyota vehicles can be viewed from the street. If accepted by city council, the tower will obstruct views of residents living in neighbouring smaller towers. But Stovell said people who live downtown accept the cityscape is always changing. “I think a lot of people understand that,” he said. “You’re buying in a city. There may be a view, there may be less of a view in the future.” The proposal comes as the housing market remains flat. Sales remain slow at such landmark projects as the Olympic Village condo complex, built by Millennium Developments. Stovell wouldn’t say how much the units at Burrard Gateway would cost. “Millennium is going to be a successful project—we’re going to see that quite soon,” he said. “That being said, this is the downtown core, it’s a very proven, very deep market and those units can be brought on in increments. So, no, we really don’t have that concern.” The developers are in the early stages of seeing the proposal through the necessary channels at city hall, which includes filing a rezoning application, a public hearing and approval from city council. The proposal would also have to be reviewed by an expert panel of architects, including two from outside the country—a common practice in the city for reviewing proposals for buildings that exceed 450 feet. Stovell anticipated the project could be built by 2014, if accepted by council. mhowell@vancourier.com

Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, talked about the planned three-tower Burrard Gateway Tuesday at Jim Pattison’s Toyota dealership on Burrard Street. photo Dan Toulgoet


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Worried about a tanker oil spill in the Vancouver Harbour? City council was concerned enough about it to hold a meeting in July. Now Vancouver-East NDP MP Libby Davies and colleagues Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) and Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) invite the public to a forum on oil transportation. It will take place Nov.10 at 7 p.m. at the Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert St., in Burnaby. Panelists include members of the Dogwood Initiative and the Wilderness Committee. Invitations have also been extended to First Nations groups and members of the oil and transportation industry. More information is available at Siksay’s office, 604-291-8863, or email at Siksay.B@parl.gc.ca.

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The 17th annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction takes place Nov. 13 at Five Sixty Club, 560 Seymour St., from 5 to 10 p.m. The event allows art lovers to build their collections while raising funds to support Friends For Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to persons with any life-threatening illness, including HIV/AIDS, cancer or Hepatitis C. Presented by Murrick and Somerset Insurance Services, Art For Life will auction a collection of 90 artworks, donated by Vancouver’s top artists, with 100 per cent of sales benefiting Friends For Life. This year’s event includes a VIP reception with the live auction artists. The live auction takes place after the reception and features almost 40 works of art with values between $2,500 and $15,000 to bid on. The event also includes a silent auction featuring emerging local artists, live

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Budget banter

It’s that time of year again. Pre-holiday season, budget time. City residents and businesses can now give feedback on the 2011 municipal budget through an online survey. A telephone survey of the public is underway. Discussions with economic and community groups are happening now until Nov. 20, and dates and locations for council budget sessions will be posted in late October. The city is seeking input on budget priorities including libraries, community centre and park operations, police and fire services, street work and garbage collection, as well as feedback on cultural events and celebrations. Budget information materials and displays are available at the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch downtown and in the city hall main floor rotunda. Printed budget information is also available at the city’s 24 community centres and displays will be moving between centres during November. The online and print information explains how the city budget is spent, current priorities, and how the city’s operating budget affects everyday programs and services. A second draft report on the operating budget is scheduled to go before council in mid-November. A final report on the 2011 budget will go to city council Dec. 2. Council is slated to make final decisions in mid-December. For more information, see vancouver.ca/budget.


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Since installation of the bike lane, rear-end accidents have increased at the intersection of Burrard and Pacific. photo Dan Toulgoet to indecision, said Dobrovolny. “[Drivers] have got two competing movements that they’re monitoring, which makes it complex and results in stops and starts and has resulted in an increase in rearend accidents.” The Hornby bike lane will link to the bridge by eliminating one of the three lanes from Burrard Street in the final block before the bridge and separating it from vehicle traffic for exclusive bicycle use. The original barricades on the

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months. This is a six-fold increase over the previous summer when approximately 10 crashes were recorded in July and August. In the same period for 2007, there were 35 crashes. Dobrovolny said the city monitors specific situations to gauge undesirable changes. “It’s not appropriate to take annual totals and say [accidents] have gone up a certain percentage. We look at the data regularly, we look at it month by month and we have to normalize the data for other things that are happening.” In the same two months that rear-end collisions in the merge lane increased between 2008 and 2009, the overall number of accidents at the intersection decreased by one, Dobrovolny said. The city selected October and November as points of comparison because irregularities, such as the Olympics, were not a factor. In the 12 months after the lane was installed in July 2009, ICBC reported 220 “crashes,” a term the insurance corporation does not define in the document. Through the same 12 months in 2008, ICBC recorded 135 crashes. Numbers each month were rounded to the nearest increment of five. In the past five years, only 15 of nearly 900 ICBC accident claims at Burrard and Pacific involved a cyclist. mstewart@vancourier.com

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UBC researchers note neighbourhood’s crime, violence

Centre targets vulnerable Strathcona kids Sandra Thomas Staff writer

According to research completed by the University of B.C.’s Human Early Learning Partnership, 66 per cent of Strathcona children live in a hostile environment with daily exposure to criminal activity, homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence and social disorder. As well, that same percentage of children from the Strathcona-area near the Downtown Eastside are vulnerable to drop out of school before graduation, consistently fail to achieve the economic security of their peers, fail to meet crucial developmental milestones, lack access to primary health care and face food insecurity. But that should all change with the help of the Hastings Street Early Learning and Enrichment Centre in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, said Kate Hodgson, executive director of the Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCS), a network of many inner-city services and organizations. “It’s disturbing how poorly children are doing across the province,” said Hodgson. “But as an organization we have the opportunity to make a difference.” The centre, which opened Wednesday at 881 East Hastings St., is part of a “placebased” strategy. Placed-based learning takes into account the community children are growing up in and often involves getting students and teachers working to solve neighbourhood problems together. The new centre provides access to a weekly licensed pre-school learning centre for 100-plus children, parent training, employment support and resources, and enrichment programs to address safety, health and well-being of inner city families. Hodgson noted the new centre was made a reality without any government funding. Instead, donations of cash and in-kind support came from many private and corporate donors, including Concert Properties, Concord Pacific, Habitat for Humanity, the Steve Nash Foundation, the Vancouver Canucks and inner-city parents. The centre is a joint project with NICCSS, Ray Cam Cooperative Centre and Strathcona Community Centre. Dr. Clyde Hertzman of UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership helped create the Early Development Instrument, (EDI) a 110-question test distributed to kinder-

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garten students in B.C., on which much of the research is based. The EDI was developed on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, which wanted to create a database about B.C. children, including where they live, grow up and learn. It also takes into account five areas of child development—language and cognitive development, emotional maturity, physical health and well-being, communication skills and general knowledge. Hodgson explained the new centre is part of an initiative modelled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which seeks to eradicate poverty though education. That approach includes working block by block within a 100 square-blocks of Manhattan in an attempt to “create a safety net woven so tightly, no child can fall through.” “The approach we’re taking also goes block by block and by that, no child will slip through the cracks,” said Hodgson. “We want to make sure every child will succeed.” Vision Vancouver school board trustee Sharon Gregson said it’s not just Strathcona that’s struggling with early childhood education. “This fourth wave of EDI testing shows the situation for children in this province is getting worse,” said Gregson. Gregson said school districts across the province could help more if Victoria would agree to shift all childcare and early learning services from the provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development to the Ministry of Education. She notes there’s a huge discrepancy in funding and the way services are delivered between kindergarten to Grade 12, and early learning. “That would mean much healthier EDI scores and make an immediate difference,” said Gregson. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter:@sthomas10

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Yao Wei Wu was pummelled outside his house on Lanark Street

Probe into vicious cop beating complete Mike Howell Staff writer

The Delta Police Department completed its investigation last week of two Vancouver police officers who beat an East Side man in a case of so-called mistaken identity in January. The investigator’s report is now in the hands of Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford who has until Nov. 2 to reach a conclusion on whether any discipline is warranted against constables Nicholas Florkow and Bryan London. “He makes a determination as to whether he’s of the view that the actions of the police officers involved constitutes misconduct or not,” said Bruce Brown, the deputy police complaint commissioner. “But even though Chief Cessford may make a decision, it’s not over.” Brown said Cessford’s findings will be forwarded to the officers, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and Yao Wei Wu, the victim of the Jan. 21 beating. All recipients are eligible to request further investigation if they are unsatisfied with Cessford’s decision. “We are of the view that it would be rare that [the com-

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missioner’s office would appeal] because we should be aware of the investigation as it goes along—unless there’s something we couldn’t have been made aware of until the final report,” Brown said. But if the commissioner’s office is unsatisfied with Cessford’s findings, the commissioner can appoint a retired judge to become the disciplinary authority. The commissioner can also order a public hearing. Wu, a floor installer, suffered serious injuries after he was beaten outside his house by the constables, who responded to a domestic assault call at a house in the 6200-block of Lanark Street. The officers were told the caller was a woman with a baby and that she was being assaulted by her husband, according to Police Chief Jim Chu’s statement the day after the incident.

Chu said the officers, who were in plain clothes, arrived at the right address but knocked on the wrong door. The call originated from the Wu home’s basement suite, where a man was later arrested in connection with the domestic call. In the VPD’s initial media release on the incident, the police department said Wu resisted arrest and was injured as a result. The VPD later said that wasn’t the case and Chu apologized to Wu and his family. The Delta Police Department’s completion of the report came after the police complaint commissioner’s office granted two extensions on a probe that was supposed to be completed in July. Lawyer Cameron Ward, acting on behalf of Wu, called the delays unacceptable and criticized the system in B.C. where police departments investigate

other police departments. Ward has called for a civilian-led investigation agency, similar to the Special Investigations Unit in Ontario, to conduct investigations of officers in B.C. to eliminate perceived bias. In June, Attorney General and Solicitor General Mike de Jong announced the provincial government will create a civilian-led unit to investigate all police-related deaths and serious incidents in B.C. Earlier this month, Chu urged the government to consider expanding the mandate of the proposed agency to handle all complaints against police. “Ensuring all complaints against police are investigated by a civilian agency will enhance public confidence regarding investigations of allegations against police officers,” Chu said in a statement. mhowell@vancourier.com

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At least $30,000 needed to meet school board’s playground guidelines

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Kindergarten teacher Camilla Ting faced a “rude awakening” when she returned to Thunderbird elementary last March after a year’s maternity leave. The East Side school’s playground equipment was removed in the summer of 2009 because it was unsafe. Dirt, gravel, three boulders and a log now occupy the large play area for the younger grades. The Cassiar Street school near Rupert Street, which receives “inner city” school funding from the Ministry of Education for extra supports including literacy programs, is connected to Thunderbird Community Centre, which provides pre- and after-school care. Playground equipment exists on the other side of the school, but is designed for intermediate students. Parents, not the school board, pay for playground equipment. “We have parents who [speak English as a second language], new immigrants and single-parents, low-income families who

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Thunderbird elementary teacher Camilla Ting and principal Henry Peters hope to win money for a new playground. photo Dan Toulgoet struggle to provide basic necessities for their children,” Ting said. “Fundraising for a playground has not been easy for our school.” Now Thunderbird hopes to win money for a new playground in an online competition hosted by Aviva Insurance. Inner city project teacher Rose Thomas entered the school in the neighbourhood category of the

Aviva Community Fund Competition to win $25,000 to $100,000. Those who register at the site can cast 10 votes in each of the three rounds of voting and in the semifinals. The first round has passed, which means Thunderbird must be one of the 10 projects with the most votes in the $25,000 to $100,000 range in the second or

third round to move on. Winners will be announced Jan. 25. Thunderbird, with its 310 students, generated just under 700 votes in the first round of voting. Compare that, Ting said, to Laura Secord elementary. The East Broadway school, also designated as an inner city school with a strong French immersion program, generated more than 3,000 votes in the first round, according to Ting, making it into the semifinals for the $100,000 to $500,000 category. “They’ve got parents who are more vocal, who are going to be more upset if their playground doesn’t have everything that the kids need,” Ting said. Thunderbird teachers and administrators wish they didn’t have to compete against other schools for money. Principal Henry Peters said many of Thunderbird’s families don’t have computers or Internet access at home. They could use computers at the school, but may not have the English skills to navigate through registering and voting on the Aviva website. “It’s something that has to be looked at—how do inner city or

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Closing the Riley Park library branch before the new Hillcrest branch opens won’t be on the agenda for library trustees in this year’s round of 2011 budget deliberations. “We heard what the community said with respect to not wanting to reduce the branch operations in advance of Hillcrest opening, so there is no intention of closing Riley Park early,” said head city librarian

will be somewhat similar to what we had to do last time around,” Whitney said. Last year the city asked library trustees to trim $1,354,000 to help with the city’s funding shortfall of $61.7 million. In addition to potentially closing the Riley Park branch in January and reducing technical, collections and administrative budgets, the library proposed reducing operating hours at 14 of its 22 branches. But at the last minute, council restored $800,000

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Union leader lauds plan, calls park board system ‘outdated’

Commissioner calls for centralization of park board Sandra Thomas Staff writer

Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper says the entire park board structure should be completely reorganized by mid2011. Jasper said the move from a district structure to a “functional” model will quickly translate to savings for the board. For years the park board has operated across the city divided into three districts: Stanley, Queen Elizabeth and Vancouver East. Each district has its own manager and in some cases separate staff. The new structure will see all services centralized. Jas-

per said reorganizing makes sense due to cost savings and greater effectiveness in delivering services. “This is an opportunity to streamline operations with a potential savings of several hundred thousand dollars,” said Jasper. “It’s a better model and more effective.” He said the functional model of governance also means everyone working for the park board will be on the same page. “It will allow employees across the entire city to know what the left hand is doing,” he said. Jasper said the park board operated as a functional operation until the mid-1990s when manage-

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ment was divided into the three districts. He noted with so many directors and managers recently retiring, the timing was good for changes to park board operations. The park board has seen a number of senior managers retire since Vision Vancouver came into power

in 2008, including: Susan Mundick, general manager; Eric Meagher, Stanley Park supervisor; Jim Lowden, manager of Stanley District; Mike Mackintosh, park board supervisor of maintenance for Queen Elizabeth District; Lori Mackay, director of parks and recreation for Vancouver East Dis-

trict; Terri Clark, communications manager; Susan Graham, manager of the board’s nursery; Al Regan, supervisor of the Children’s Farmyard and Railway; Philip Josephs, acting director of Stanley District; Anita Ho, director of corporate services; and Piet Rutgers, director of planning and operations. CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro is in favour of the proposed restructuring. “The district system is old and outdated,” said Faoro. “I’m very supportive of a change. This is a real opportunity for the new general manager Malcolm Bromley to take a fresh look at how the park

board should be run.” Faoro has long insisted the city, including the park board, has been top heavy with too many managers and he wants reorganization to start at the top. He said he’s not yet concerned about union workers losing their jobs, due to the managerial positions that haven’t been filled. That’s a good sign, he said. “I’m very supportive to see a change in management, and I stress the word management,” said Faoro. “It’s convenient to do this now when so many managerial positions have opened up.” sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Canucks fans know them as anonymous, oppositiongoading, acrobatic and naked but for a thin covering of green Lycra. Visiting players sent to the penalty box fight to keep their cool in the face of relentless shimmying and hip thrusting. Sport highlight reels broadcast these antics as “spandex men mock opposition.” You know Vancouver’s Green Men. Now meet the man behind them. Wally Sullivan is the owner of Burrard Roofing and Drainage, the North Vancouver company that first gave two tickets to the 20-something kids in body suits for a Dec. 22, 2009 game against

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Roofing magnate Wally Sullivan gave The Force (left) and Sully their first two Canuck tickets. photo Dan Toulgoet Colorado Avalanche came to town, and the Canucks are now 1-0 this 2010-11 season with the Green Men in attendance. Their antics have evolved since Dave Scatchard’s first penalty last year led to the

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said The Force, chatting this week with his face exposed but otherwise hanging out at the Courier newsroom in his finest green. Speculation that Canucks general manager Mike Gillis finances their visits to home games is untrue, they say. “I take offence to that,” jokes Sullivan, who takes an interest in setting the record straight and will continue to sponsor the meticulous destruction of Canucks opponents. “It ain’t easy being green.” The Green Men will join Sullivan on the job today at St. Patrick school near Main Street for Halloween. For an extended Q&A with Sully and The Force, visit vancourier.com. mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter @MHStewart

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With new drinking and driving laws scaring cash out of registers, one restaurant chain is offering patrons a little less alcohol in the hope of benefitting its business. Cactus Club unveiled a low-alcohol menu at a Burnaby restaurant last week before quickly bringing the menu to five other locations last Tuesday, including one in West Vancouver. “It could potentially go to all locations in B.C.,” said Sam Zavari, bar operations manager at Cactus Club. Zavari said it’s too early to gauge the popularity of the menu, but preliminary signs are good. He estimated the menu could be at all Cactus Club locations, including eight in Vancouver, within the next few weeks. The new menu includes cocktails with substantially less alcohol. The Cohiba, a Cactus Club specialty, would ordinarily be made with one ounce of tequila and two shots of liqueur, but the new menu cuts the amount of alcohol in half. Low-alcohol libations will also be about 25 per cent cheaper. Besides the cocktails, the new menu also offers low-alcohol beer and wine, as well as virgin cocktails.The original versions of the drinks are still available. Under the new drinking and driving laws, which came into effect in September, a driver with a blood alcohol level over 0.05 and under 0.08 can receive a three-day driving ban, $200 in fines and have their car impounded for three days. The law also enforces stiffer sentences for drivers caught with a blood alcohol level at or above 0.08 including having their car impounded for 30 days, a three-month driving ban, and up to $4,000 in fines and fees. Ian Tostenson, the president of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association,

credited Cactus Club for producing an innovative menu at a time when many businesses are suffering. He said most restaurants and bars in Vancouver are reporting drops in business between 10 and 20 per cent, with worse declines in suburban areas. While the HST has had an effect, as has the troubled economy, Tostenson said fear of the drinking and driving laws is the main cause of idle bartenders. “We’re hearing people right on the edge (0.05) are losing their licence,” he said. He said a lot of people haven’t figured out exactly how two glasses of wine translates to a breathalyzer test. A pub in Maple Ridge has tried to stem faltering business with a shuttle service, but Tostenson has doubts about that approach being cost-effective in a major centre. “Say you’re in Kerrisdale and you’ve got to go four different directions to get your guests home?” he said. There is also a problem with transportation in Vancouver, according to Tostenson. “It’s really difficult to get a taxi,” he said. Tostenson said laws should probably be aimed at chronic drinkers and repeat offenders, rather than casual drinkers. He also said there needs to be serious study to determine the relative danger of a driver with a blood alcohol content between 0.05 and 0.08 Zavari said the change was immediate when the new laws came into effect. “We definitely did see an impact... on bar business,” he said. Zavari estimated sales of beer, wine and liquor dropped between 10 and 20 per cent last September. “But we did see an increase in food sales.” Zavari said the HST also took a toll on business, but when they crunched the numbers, they concluded the drinking and driving laws were responsible for the drop. jshepherdcourier@gmail.com

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The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem lets visitors get up close with the world’s largest collection of works by the happier, sunnier contemporary of Rembrandt. The museum is housed in a 17th-cenphoto John Masters tury building on the same street Hals lived on.

HAARLEM, Netherlands—Not everybody likes Rembrandt. Lovely work with the honeyed hues, but overall too dark, too sombre! Try some Frans Hals, then. Hals (1580-1666) was a contemporary of Rembrandt’s and another Dutch master, but where Rembrandt was gold, Hals was silver; where Rembrandt was moody, Hals was exuberant. To some he was the first Impressionist, eschewing finicky detail for broad, confident strokes. He influenced Monet and Manet; van Gogh loved him. There are works by Hals in major museums around the world, but the largest collection (14 paintings) is in the Frans Hals Museum in the artist’s hometown, Haarlem, a 15-minute train-ride from Amsterdam. It’s worth the short trip as much to get a sense of how Holland was in its Golden Age as to see the paintings. Haarlem was an important city in the 1600s and the old town, which you walk

through to reach the museum, is not much changed from those days. The museum itself is in a 17th-century building on a street, Groot Heiligland, that’s still narrow, crooked and lined with homes from the 1600s. Hals lived in this street in the 1630s. What is now his museum was first an old men’s home. The portraits of the men and women who ran the place IN Hals’ day, now hanging in the gallery, were done by the artist. Unlike many Dutch masters, who also painted landscapes and still lifes, Hals did only portraits. Five of the works in his museum are the massive, group pictures of militia members—the same sort of thing Rembrandt’s most famous work, “The Night Watch,” depicts. But where “The Night Watch” is almost gloomy, Hals’ versions are bright and vibrant. The composition of one in particular, “Banquet of the Officers of the Civic Guard of St.George,” makes it seem as if the lads are aboard a rocking boat in a wind. Continued on next page

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Haarlem once a thriving artistic centre BETWEEN 1605 AND 1635 MORE THAN 140 PAINTERS WORKED IN HAARLEM, PRODUCING MORE THAN 100,000 PAINTINGS. prises. One is “Satire on Tulips,” a work by Jan Brueghel, a name associated with outdoor winter scenes. It pokes fun at those who were caught

up in the tulip mania that swept Holland in 1635, depicting them all as monkeys. The very best works of all of these artists are in other galleries, but there are excellent examples here, and the quietnessness of the museum, its lovely interior courtyard garden and its antique standing clocks chiming the quarter hour combine to make this a pleasant day out. For more information on the Frans Hals Museum, visit franshalsmuseum. com. For information on travel in the Netherlands, visit www.holland.com. John Masters is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.

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Vampires, ghosts, witches and frightening fiends are the main characters of today’s Halloween festivities, but the celebration often depicts four creatures that in times past were believed to have dark powers of their own. Black cats, for instance, are traditionally believed to be unlucky, and the bad luck this brings was thought to be dire indeed if one crosses your path on Halloween night. The Druids (ancient priests) believed certain cats were people who had been turned into evil spirits. In later times, all cats were thought to be the familiars of witches. But in ancient Egypt, the cat was much-revered as being sacred to the goddess Bastet, and those who harmed a cat were sometimes executed. But if cats are allowed to roam free outside in rural areas, they earn their keep and perform a great public service by killing rats and mice in great numbers. Country cats have the endearing habit of bringing their prey to a door of their owner’s house and displaying it before squatting down and eating it. Many of Halloween’s favourite creatures have an association with darkness and hidden places. Bats, for instance, stay hidden in dark caves, cavities in trees, shadowed corners in barns

annemarrison and other dark places. In times past, people believed bats were evil spirits in disguise. Bats are feared by many people, especially since the bites can be dangerous as a small percentage of bats carry rabies. But bats are also invaluable since they kill enormous numbers of mosquitoes and other insects. Gardeners who hope to attract this valuable predator to their garden sometimes buy and install a bat house. Bats prefer their lair to be high up in heavy shade facing a clear flight path. Halloween’s dark beliefs have also coalesced around owls. In ancient Rome, owls were believed to bring horrible misfortune, while in North America, First Nations people thought the owl was a messenger from the dead. Like cats, owls were believed to be unlucky and be evil spirits in disguise—and like cats, owls are efficient

predators of rats and mice. Owls only hunt in the dark of night guided by an uncanny sense of sight and abnormally acute hearing. Their flight is so quiet they steal upon their prey silently and lethally. They eat mice, voles, rats and some insects such as grasshoppers. Spider webs are a traditional Halloween decoration. Once there was a belief that the future could be revealed in a spider’s web. So many people are afraid of spiders there’s even a word for it: arachnophobia. There was a time when spider webs were used as a healing wrap for wounds. But all spiders should be treated with respect. Though they seldom bite people, their bites are painful and some can ulcerate into open sores that last for months. In the garden, spiders are a treasure. Depending on the species, they may be trappers that weave webs, hunters or little jumping spiders. Regardless of their method, as a group, they’re believed to eat more insects than birds do. They’ll eat anything they can catch. This includes aphids, flea beetles, aphids and caterpillars. One good way of increasing a garden’s spider population is to use grass clipping mulches. amarrison@shaw.ca

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1. As part of its ReACT series, the Arts Club Theatre Company presents two new works in progress at Granville Island’s Revue Stage. On Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Yvette Nolan shares a glimpse of her new play Two Old Women, while Bill Richardson and Veda Hille deliver the latest installment of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Admission by donation. More info at artsclub.com.

2. Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and prepare your liver for high doses of rum as the newly revamped Waldorf Hotel (1489 East Hastings) opens its doors to its famed tiki bar and 1950s-era Polynesian lounges for a free Halloween Party Oct. 30, 6 p.m to 2 a.m. Details at waldorfhotel.com.

3. Led by California pothead and cat lover Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast plays infectious pop songs with a layer of fuzzed-out distortion and a syrupy dose of it’s-my-party-and-I’ll-cry-if-I-want-to boy trouble. They’ll be rocking a sold out Cobalt Oct. 29, but we’re told a few tickets will be released at the door.

4. Even by Flaming Lips’ standards, the psychedelic Oklahoma band’s self-produced feature film Christmas on Mars is a strange one. Seven years in the making, the trippy sci-fi freak show featuring aliens, astronauts, hallucinations of eating babies and a labia-headed marching band screens Oct. 30 to 31 and Nov. 3 at Pacific Cinematheque. For info and show times, go to cinematheque.bc.ca.

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Because K&K has always strived to be nonpartisan (not withstanding our unwavering allegiance to Doug Henning and the yogic flyers at the Natural Law Party) and we pride ourselves for not being complete and total whores, we have mixed feelings about an email that was passed on to us earlier this week. The email in question originated from someone deep in the bowels of city hall requesting that we give a shout-out to Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal who’s turning the big 5-0—or “worldly,” as we like to call it—this Friday. To further butter us up, the requester mentioned that Deal, a.k.a. La Flama Rojo, is an avid reader of K&K and it would really raise her spirits if we publicly acknowledged she is no longer in her 40s, especially, we suspect, since most of her day will be spent navigating the tedious bureaucracy of municipal government and trying to decipher what her marbled-mouth colleague Coun. Tim Stevenson is saying. However, the problem with fulfilling birthday requests is that it sets a precedent and could open the floodgates to other well-wishers. NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton might want us to say happy

anniversary to her husband, proud parents will think it’s OK to ask that we acknowledge their son or daughter’s excellent report card, and Mayor Gregor Robertson could put in a request to send out some positive vibes and much love to Mother Earth whose weary teats nourish us all. So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to politely decline. It’s not that we don’t wish Heather Deal a happy 50th birthday, it’s more that we can’t risk the repercussions of wishing her a happy 50th birthday. To quote Tim Stevenson: “Arhhhh, ya, ittsa fourly biscuity tucker-ducken ra ra ra.”

Dirty Ds done dirt cheap

In other scintillating city hall news, city council, having some spare time on its hands, have proclaimed Nov. 2 “Vitamin D Day” in an effort to raise awareness of the vitamin’s many health benefits—some of which include reduced risk of chronic diseases, boosted immune systems and a general air of douchebaggy self-righteousness and feelings of invincibility by regular vitamin D users. What exactly happens on Vitamin D Day? Will the mayor dress up as a ray of sunshine? When will Vancouver finally proclaim Riboflavin Day,

which we’ve been demanding for years now? Unfortunately, the lack of vitamin D in K&K’s diet has rendered us too tired and depressed to seriously contemplate such rhetorical questions… or read the rest of the press release.

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How quickly can a neighbourhood’s tastebuds blossom? Quicker than you think. Not that long ago you’d be hard pressed to find anything on the Downtown Eastside beyond a good bowl of noodles or Dim Sum. However, evidence of how that’s all changed comes with the unveiling of EAT Drink Local, the neighbourhood’s first—and affordable—culinary celebration. I like EAT Drink Local’s approach: for a $20 bill you can enjoy a decent entrée and a “bevvy” of your choice, which adds up to a pretty good deal. For instance, $20 at Au Petit Chavignol buys you a choice of wild mushroom (pine, chanterelle, portobello) mac ’n’ cheese, or pork belly confit with all the trimmings and one of the best budget reds around. Nor are these trifling plates. At warehouse-chic Two Chefs and a Table (305 Alexander St., ph. 778-233-1303), $20 gets you classic steak frites or Polderside coq au vin, nicely matched with a glass of Petales d’Osoyoos, or St. Cosmé Cotes du Rhone. All good. Just don’t forget to tip when you cash out. There’s a grass roots feel to this neighbourhood salute, which flows from the close friendships many of

these restaurateurs enjoy. “It’s a great community,” says Karl Gregg, who co-owns Two Chefs and a Table. “We all support each other— we’re tight that way—so we decided to pull together and do a cool promo that really exemplifies the East Side’s cocktail culture, food and wine.” EAT Drink Local, which also includes Gastown’s Boneta, Cork & Fin and The Diamond, runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, and Nov. 7 to 10. Find menus at eatdrinklocalweek.com.

A beer by any other name?

Local specialist beer house Stella’s is going under a new moniker these days—BierCraft—following a cease and desist demand from a similarly named outfit in Winnipeg. Owner Dean Mallel says the decision was made to move forward with a new, brand protected name, rather than spend a lot of money on lawyers and litigation. “While we were initially bummed,” Mallel says, “we started to think about what

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we do best—and obviously that’s beer.” He also notes that in the five years since the original Commercial Drive Stella’s opened there’s been “a huge explosion in the craft beer market,” which was another consideration. Stella’s—er BierCraft—still has a great Belgian selection but will also focus on the best beers from other noteworthy areas such as Oregon, California and B.C.

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Most people are extremely careful about drinking and driving, but one way you might want to avoid taking chances with B.C.’s new .05 enforcement policy is to spend more time looking at wines by the glass when dining out. Most better restaurants now offer good by-the-glass selections, which means you can not only drink less but also enjoy some other benefits. A knowledgeable host will pick the right wine to match your dish. Better still, you can mix different wine styles (and colours) at the table. We recently returned to Lupo (869 Hamilton St., ph. 604-569-2535) for a meal that included superb lobster risotto, and osso buco entrées, contrasting plates that pose a challenge when it comes to picking just one wine for the table. The solution? Let Lupo wine guru Michael Mameli come up with suitable by-the-glass matches. Also of note: Lupo’s new winter menu, and pre-show, prix fixe meals start at $29. info@hiredbelly.com

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Despite terrific song and dance numbers, dated musical delivers problematic messages

Skanky Grease needs replacing Grease

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Oct. 31 Tickets: 604.280.4444 ticketmaster.ca Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Given our highly sexualized culture, it’s no wonder Grease just keeps getting skankier and skankier. Don’t get me wrong, this Broadway Across Canada touring production is a blockbuster of a show: bold lighting, big sound and period-perfect costumes (black leather jackets, poodle skirts, crinolines and saddle shoes). The singing is terrific—especially Alyssa Herrera (Sandy), Matt Nolan (Zuko), Lauren Elaine Taylor (Rizzo) and Alicia Kelly (Marty). Written in 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey but set in the ’50s at Rydell High, a fictional American highschool, the show’s explosive choreography revisits the hand jive, the monkey, the swim and the twist. Opening nighters—heavy on the boomers and nostalgia-seekers— enthusiastically let themselves get warmed up by dazzlingly blinged Eddie Mekka by singing and hand

jiving in their seats as instructed. From Wikipedia comes this: “In its record-breaking original Broadway production, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show that since has been sanitized and tamed down by subsequent productions.” While a complete loop hasn’t yet been made, that’s the direction Grease is going. Its sexual politics have always been downright ugly. So I’m glad my 13-year-old friend wasn’t with me because the message is all wrong: dress like a slut and you get the greaser. Wow, how lucky can you be? As Sandy (transformed from sweet and innocent new girl at school to a tart in tight T-shirt, butt-hugging, shiny spandex leggings and spike heels) and Danny, the greaser, ride off into the sunset you just know he’s going to “get lucky.” Is that what it’s all about? Pretty much. Sandy meets Danny at the beach in the summer. They’re kids. They “fall in love.” Sandy switches schools and ends up at Danny’s high school. He’s too cool to acknowledge Sandy, a “good girl.” Sandy loses Danny, dresses like a hooker and gets

The Broadway Across Canada touring production of Grease sings, dances and skanks it up at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. him back. “You’re The One That I Want” sings Danny, fondling the new, “improved” Sandy. The scaled down production at Theatre Under the Stars in 2007 was, in one important respect, easier to take. In that production (performed by a much younger cast) the Rydell High kids weren’t actually as tough and sexy as they pretended to be; it was a useful façade they put on to cope with the complexities of being teenagers. However,

in this production (maybe because the deception is too good), I didn’t see the innocence or uncertainty that could make Grease work. Again from Wikipedia: “The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict.” Teenage pregnancy? Rizzo (fabulously, fox-

ily portrayed by Taylor) momentarily fears she’s pregnant, denies Kenickie (Patrick Cragin) is the father and later discovers she’s not “PG.” End of discussion. Class consciousness/class conflict? Forget it. And what about Marty? She shows her girlfriends, The Pink Ladies, a ring from Freddy, allegedly a U.S. Marine and in “Freddy My Love” sings about his gifts: “Mama will have a heart-attack/ When she catches those peddle pushers/With the black leather patches/Oh, how I wish I had a jacket that matches.” Is it just her Marilyn Monroe sex kitten looks that are earning her that booty? If Freddy does actually exist, it smacks of perversion. If he doesn’t, it’s just plain sad. The best that can be said for Grease is that it’s a great jumping off point for discussions with youngsters about self-awareness and peer pressure, fitting in and “putting out.” Maybe in 50 years or more, audiences will look back with more fondness than I can muster, but I’m not “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Grease. I say call in the hazmat team and haul it away. joled@telus.net

SOLITUDE TRILOGY

Schubert, Fauré, Brahms, O’Regan

8pm • Friday, November 5, 2010

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Vancouver Chamber Choir • Pacifica Singers • Focus! Choir of College/University Singers • Heidi Krutzen, harp • Vancouver Chamber Orchestra

The beautiful acoustic of the Chan Centre will resonate with Gabriel Fauré’s luminous Messe basse, Schubert’s haunting Song of the Spirits over the Waters, Brahms’ Four Songs for women’s voices, horns and harp, and the world premiere performance of Solitude Trilogy for choir, strings and harp by the brilliant young British composer Tarik O’Regan. Meet Tarik at the pre-concert talk with John Trotter at 7pm.

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May I have the bloody envelope, please Best use of 3D

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It’s that time of the year when slash and flash briefly gluts the multiplex, just ahead of that traffic jam of Oscar contenders jockeying for respect. But horror films get no love at Oscar time. So why can’t Wes Craven get an Oscar? (See below for answer.) Before we start taking ourselves too seriously cinematically, here are some forkedtongue-in-cheek nomination ideas for the Academy to consider, all playing around town this Halloween weekend.

Best Use of a Handicam and Best Box Office

The tinkling of those kitchen pots and pans in the Paranormal films is too tame for some viewers who may find the angry raspings of a saw blade more to their liking. Out today is Saw 3D (number seven in the Saw canon, in case you’re counting), which, filmmakers promise, is the last film in the bloody franchise. This one features Jigsaw’s survivors united to fend off one last terror. But with knife chairs, magnum eyehole traps and an electrified staircase zapping into the audience, does the plot even matter?

Best Mothballs

The DV camera in Paranormal Activity 2 records baby’s first steps by day and demonic terrors at night. Already the stuff of box-office legend, last year’s Paranormal Activity was made for a paltry $15,000 and went on to earn more than $193 million worldwide. Those were impossible stats to top, but PA2 opened last weekend, when it brought in a cool $41 million. The documentary-style sequel is akin to the first one, so Paramount was mum on almost all the details until opening night. There’s a mom, dad, teenage girl, dog and nanny involved, and of course, a baby, which always ups the emotional ante in these films: this time, the demon has a hankering for the toddler.

Case 39, starring Renee Zellweger as a social worker who brings her work home with her—in this case a psychotic 10-year-old—was shot waaay back in 2006 but finally made wide release. Alas, a good cast, including Callum Keith Rennie, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper, can’t save the film from its ho-hum plot.

Best Creepy Kids

This one’s a tie, and both winners are in the same movie: Let Me In is the chilling tale of Owen (The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee), a lonely middleschooler bullied by his classmates and all but ignored by his parents. Then he meets Abby (Chloe Morentz), a wan child who only ventures out at night—

shoeless, no less. Fans of the Swedish original called foul that the movie was remade so quickly, but Let Me In is a pleasantly scary, soulful remake.

Best Shooting in a Confined Space

It was a toss up between Buried, wherein we get to spend 90 minutes with Ryan Reynolds in a pine box, and Devil, M. Night Shyamalan’s examination of life and death in an elevator. I recommend the former, and not just because of Reynolds’ pecs. Somehow getting a cellphone signal while buried in a coffin in the Iraqi desert makes more sense than most of the goings-on in the haunted high-rise.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to writer-director Wes Craven, gore guru and overseer of the Nightmares on Elm Street, the Scream franchise and The Hills Have Eyes. We present this award not because of his past films, but in the hopes that now he might hang up the steely Freddy fingers and stop making them. Because after My Soul To Take, we just can’t take it anymore. This egregious mash-up of junk psychology, Native spirituality, random violence and bad costuming marks a low point in Craven’s 40-year career. The 3D accompanying the film just adds insult to injury. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com

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All is not lost at East Side’s Secret Soul Walk State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi Like last year, masses of Halloween partygoers won’t be able to ramp up to late-night festivities with The Parade of Lost Souls. The procession and performances didn’t proceed in 2009 because of funding cuts, and this year’s incarnation is designed to be a more intimate affair. “It’s not going to be the big, crazy street party that it’s been before,” said Ari Lazer, a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret collective, which has helped Public Dreams organize a Secret Souls Walk on Oct. 30. “But for families, people who are interested in a more contemplative affair, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Public Dreams, the non-profit society that organized The Parade of Lost Souls starting in 1994, has lost $40,000 in funding from the B.C. Arts Council and B.C. gaming grants for this year. The 2008 Parade of Lost Souls, which saw Commercial Drive closed from East First Avenue to Venables Street, cost the nonprofit $60,000. “At least a third of that went towards city costs, including police, road closures, a bill for lost parking meter revenue,” Lazer said. “That makes it really difficult to give the community of East Van

Although the days of the “crazy street party” known as the Parade of Lost Souls are over, the family-friendly Secret Souls Walk promises live performances, art installations and a zombie-led “Thriller” dance. the event that they clearly want to see.” Lazer says the city should show the immensely popular community event more support. But, as he puts it, “necessity is the mother of invention.” “We’ve had a lot of fun crafting this experience on the shoestring budget that we’re working with,” Lazer said. “That’s part of the fun of working in East Van. We’re all used to creating the art, whatever it takes.” Public Dreams has been hosting workshops on shrine building, zombie dancing, shadow puppetry, mask making, group choreography and vocal jamming for weeks in a lead-up to the walk and a family-friendly celebration at the Britannia Community Centre. Both will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with

half hour walks commencing every 10 minutes. Parade-goers can learn the location of the Secret Souls Walk at Britannia, or check Public Dream’s Facebook page on Saturday. Participants are recommended to arrive costumed and in character. At Britannia there’ll be stilt walkers, jugglers, a digital graffiti wall, face painting, music, crafts and performances. At the secret gathering spot visitors will encounter shrines, interactive art and life-sized puppets fashioned by artist Travis Jones, music and performances including a shadow puppet show by Little Woo. The Dusty Flowerpot crew of storytellers, theatre artists and other players will entice the curious into back alleys, streets

and open spaces where they’ll take part in interactive stories and see performances by nearly 100 artists and those who’ve participated in the workshops. While Lazer said the walk won’t spook kids aged seven and up, he did say zombies will creep from the shadows once an hour to bust out Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance. At least 18 homeowners have volunteered their property for art installations and performances and countless others have already decorated their digs. Laura Grieco, the new general manager of Public Dreams, said the smaller manifestation of The Parade of Lost Souls is a return to the event’s roots, which initially drew collaborators, not spectators. “Public Dreams is all about

community engagement through the arts,” she said. “When we began, it was a few families coming together, dressing up, decorating the neighbourhood and celebrating together.” But the organization would love to hold large-scale events if it had increased financial support from government, community donations and sponsors that are aligned with the spirit of the event. Public Dreams doubled its investment, raising more than $10,000 at its first big fundraising party—its 25th birthday party—at W2 Storyeum in September. While this weekend’s event may not be “raucous,” as Lazer said, revellers can plan to party to the wee hours at a similar fundraising celebration next year. crossi@vancourier.com

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Recruiting volunteers to participate in a research study at UBC in a free fun internet program for the family. For more info call 604-875-2000 x 6393, email mysteps@cfri.ubc.ca. or www.childrenlivinghealthy.ca

LAB PUPS, yellow, m/f, shots, dewormed, vet checked, $500. family raised Call 604-701-1587 MALTI-SHIH & Bichon 2 m, 2 f,

dewormed, 1st shots, ready now, see parents $500 firm 604-625-7718

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PET HOTEL @YVR FREE daycare or Overnight stay for first time clients! Call now 604-238-PETS www.jetpetresort.com

Cats

CATS. Fixed - male and female rescued cats. Free to good, n/s indoor homes only. 604-513-9310

GARAGE SALES

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

★ BOOK NOW!★ An overseas live-in Nanny for 2010 placement. 604-682-4688

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Richmond WHOLESALERS WAREHOUSE Moving & Clearance Sale Open to public Mon to Sat 11am - 5 pm 2300 Simpson Rd. Richmond, 604-270-1050 $1items, gift items, electronics, food items & MUCH MORE !!

South Vancouver MOVING SALE Saturday, October 30th 10am - 2pm Some furniture, household items, collectibles and some antiques. #1, 3150 East 58 Ave (in carport)

ND 37 A 42 ANNUAL NNUAL 38TH TH

ELEGANT FLEA MARKET

SSaturday, ATURDAY ATURDAY, TH O CTOBER 5th NNovember OVEMBER30 4TH 8:30am-3:00pm 8:30 AM - 3:00PM

West Van United Church 2062 Esquimalt Ave. West Vancouver

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP

1369 Kingsway (just west of Knight St) NG • Furniture • Houseware HI • Books • Knick Knacks SOMEFTOR NE! O RY • Jewellery • Accessories VE EAT ! E • Clothing for Women, Men GR ICES PR and Children OPEN TUES.-SAT. 10am-5pm SUNDAY 10am to 4pm Proceeds to the Tapestry Foundation in support of residential & elder care at Mount St. Joseph, Holy Family, St. Vincent’s Langara, Brock Farhni, Youville Residence & Marion Hospice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 Sunday, November 21, 2010 Doors Open: 3:30 pm Doors Open: 3:30 pm Show Begins: 4:30 pm Show Begins: 4:30 pm

MIN PIN, F, red, 8 wk, dewclawed & tails, vet ✔, incls pup pack, friendly. $650. 604-719-4404

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

3508

MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS Male. Ready to go! $650 firm. Only 1 left. 604-591-2137

Dogs

2 AKC registered Yorkie terriers, contact bcrandell@blumail.org

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $350+. 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

RARE! CHOCOLATE, Blue, cream & brindle. French Bulldogs, Reserve now! 604-802-6934 www.westcoastrarebulldogs.com

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180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver 180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver • Door Prizes • Door Prizes • Special Displays • Special Displays • Gift Bags • Gift Bags • Fashion Show • Fashion Show featuring: Isabelle’s Bridal featuring: Isabelle’s Bridal

For For your your complimentary complimentary tickets tickets please call Jane at 604.922.0612 please call Jane at 604.922.0612

FFRREEEE

Fairs/Bazaars

CRAFTERS STILL WANTED! Kensington Community Centre HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Dec 4th (10am – 4pm) Tables $30 5175 Dumfries St, Vancouver Call 604-718-6200 for application or email kcc_craft_fair@yahoo.com

Register online online at at www.bridalshowcase.ca www.bridalshowcase.ca Register SHIH TZU BIJON pups, 1st shots, dewormed, ready, family raised, non shed, $575 firm. 588-5195 DOBERMAN PUPS. Female/ Male. Tails/ears/dew claws done. Black/tan. $1,500. 604-607-7433

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

YELLOW LAB pups, parents PB, 1st shots, dewormed, 7 wks. $500. 604-701-9952 No sunday calls

SPONSOR TABLES STILL AVAILABLE Call 604.612.1096 or email BonnieAnneKim@gmail.com

Promote your Craft Fairs, Christmas Events and Services ...and because we like Christmas as much as you do we are offering

6 ads for the price of 3

in Christmas Corner till December 25.

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Fairs/Bazaars

FALL FAIR ... FUN for all! Dunbar Heights United Church

3525 West 24th Ave 24th & Collingwood

Sat. Nov 6th 10am - 2pm

Crafts, Baking, Silent Auction & Kids corner. New/nr new books, Refreshments


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010

LEGALS 5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE: The Estate of James Cameron McGregor, also known as James C. McGregor, also known as James McGregor, deceased, formerly of 308 - 8772 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1B6 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of James Cameron McGregor are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Executor at 18th Floor, 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7Y 1B6, on or before November 22, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. The Canada Trust Company, Executor. Per: Don Woods, Executive Trust Officer

5505

Legal/Public Notices

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE: The Estate of Peter Chardon Labrie, also known as Peter Labrie, deceased, formerly of 999 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6P 6Y9 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Peter Chardon Labrie are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Administrator at The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, #510 - 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4N7 on or before November 24, 2010, after which date the Administrator will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Administrator then has notice. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Administrator Per: Andrew Patrus

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE:The Estate of William Grimsdell Stevenson, also known as William G. Stevenson, also known as William Stevenson, deceased, formerly of #204-7155 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5P 4X6. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of William Grimsdell Stevenson are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Executor, William Fredrick Stevenson, c/o BMO Trust Company, 9th Floor, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7X 1L7 on or before November 22, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. William Fredrick Stevenson

5505

REAL ESTATE

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF ANTONIA LIVIA WYLIE, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executrix, c/o Clark Wilson LLP, 800 – 885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3H1, on or before the 17th day of December, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Livia Csilla Beck Executrix CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

★A RENT TO OWN! ★ If you have a small down payment, I have a nice home for you! Less then perfect credit OK. Call Kim 604-628-6598

MORTGAGES

ARE AVAILABLE!

RATES are LOW!

100% FINANCING still exists in a difficult economy. Purchases & Refinances, Credit Damage, Bankruptcies

FINANCING is POSSIBLE

Martinique Walker

Verico Assent Mortgage Corp Call: 604-984-9159 Toll Free: 866-984-9159 Email: martiniq@shaw.ca

6007 NOTICE OF INTENT HOURS OF SALE FOR LIQUOR PRIMARY LICENSE

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-18

New Westminster

Sat/Sun #102-505 9th St, Uptown NWest, WOW! 1187sf, crnr 2BR + den, $199,900! 40+, Fay Tomlinson, Sutton WC, 778-772-9848

6002

604-630-3300 604-998-0218

classified.van.net Canwest Community Publishing

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Deception (selfdeception?) or indecision invade your creative and romantic spheres Sunday – find certainty, comfort in work Monday/Tuesday. (Careful with tools, electricity Tuesday eve.) Relationships receive a lucky boost Wednesday/Thursday. Sexual drive propels an attraction; research tidbits, hunches or money intuition propel a business proposition. But you could worry about these very things Friday. Don’t – they’ll “help” you again Saturday. All week, don’t suspect friends. Dig deep, seek golden keys, embrace a solid, planned future. Sex is loaded with pregnant possibilities. Taurus April 20-May 20: Rest Sunday, be in nature (golf, etc.) or putter around the house. Suddenly, this night, beauty steals over things. Romance, creativity, pleasure, a winning streak enter Monday/Tuesday – this, and a strong relationship theme, and a potent sexual urge, combine to create obvious possibilities! (Don’t leave it until Tuesday p.m., though, as sudden attractions/sudden splits occur.) Tackle chores Wednesday/Thursday. A powerful relationship or relocation theme enters again Friday/Saturday. Yes, a thread of worry or indecision winds through this, but the general prospect is very favourable! Gemini May 21-June 20: You face several weeks of work and health concerns. Well, plunge in, as nothing else will succeed very much anyway. A minor, sixweek trend has just started, intensifying relationships. This will bring either anger and argument, or a new friend, perhaps lively love prospects. To some degree this depends on you and your attitude; but fate has a wee hand here, too: any new relationship (or fight) might be intended to “blow out” old attitudes and lingering links. Happiness isn’t easy – though it will be in 2011. Rest early week, seek beauty midweek. Tackle work Friday/Saturday.

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

ESTABLISHED TOW TRUCK BUSINESS FOR SALE due to health problem. Great cash base business especially in bad & snowy weather. $10,000 $12,000 income per mth. For alot more info call 604-729-1003

RE: LIQUOR CONTROL & LICENSING ACT An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC, from 2146296 Ontario Ltd., operating as the Fairmont Waterfront at 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC to change the hours of sale from the currently approved hours of: From 11:00am - 1:00am Monday to Saturday and 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday To 9:00am – 3:00am seven days a week Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9J8 PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or before (November 22, 2010). Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

Real Estate Services

6005

Cancer June 21-July 22: Romance, charming kids, beauty, pleasure, a gambling mood, creative urges – these flow through your days this week. Friday/Saturday could start a love affair. Indulge yourself. A chore grows larger now through early December – that’s OK, it carries strong career vibes. This is an excellent time to seek employment or purchase machinery. Something or someone will return soon on the domestic, home front – a wandering parent, child, or a real estate opportunity. It’s lucky, affectionate. (Hints Wednesday/Thursday, the “reality” next week onward.) “Home” can help a romance. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: You’ll attract attention Sunday, but you’re unsure of the “giver.” Chase money Monday/Tuesday (careful with spending Tuesday eve/night). Communications, paperwork, details, errands fill Wednesday/Thursday. You could casually meet someone sexy, or your curiosity could lead to a lucky financial revelation, investment. The financial is probably better than the sexy. (The sexy might have a short life span.) All week, especially Friday/Saturday, your home, security, children, real estate and related matters are important – you can make major strides, lucky changes, realty investments. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: This week and the next two emphasize errands, travel, communications, emails, details, casual friends, light romance. But a deeper trend, to early December, might spark friction at home, or you might grow fascinated by the urge to purchase real estate, mostly as an investment; you might begin or end a lust-based link. The pot of your security is being stirred, and you might be surprised by the stew that results by December. So be cautious, honest; proceed, but thoughtfully. You and your skills shine Monday/Tuesday – start things, get your way. Money luck Thursday! Travel Saturday.

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Burnaby

3337 Ganymede Dr, Bby N, Renod 3 lvl T/H, 3BR + rec rm, wlk to sch & amen, quick sale, $295K. Mala @ Sutton 604-710-9030

6008-30

Surrey

❏ 8655 159 St, 3 lvl T/H, 3 yrs, 3BR, 3ba, move in cond. $335K. ❏ 7837 128th St, 2 lvls T/H, 3BR, 2ba, new roof, exc cond, $310K. ❏ 10777 University Dr, Brand New High rise, 12th flr, 1BR, 1ba Condo, $299K. All Motivated. Mala @ Sutton 604-710-9030

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Houses - Sale

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6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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Surrey

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Agents

MARPOLE’S BEST BUY $349,900 Open House: Sunday 2-4 pm

N. SRY, Immac 2 BR, 1 bth, 534 sf. 6000+ lot. Move in or rent. Elem schl/skytrain. $239,000. 5% down. 604-309-1888 Prudential

6030

Lots & Acreage

#302-1386 W. 73rd Ave., Vancouver

2 BEDROOM 2 BATH – 988 SF CONDO

• Very well maintained unit & building • Gas fireplace & in-suite laundry • Freehold strata & secure parking • Across the street from park • Adult building with no rentals

C Peter A L 604-290-1002 L Amex Broadway West

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: November emphasizes money, buying/selling, earnings, possessions, memory and sensual or casual intimacy (especially Friday/Saturday: avoid illusion, welcome high-tech). Sunday’s friendly – but don’t presume an attractive person reciprocates. Retreat, rest, this eve through Tuesday – all’s well, though you might be frustrated by a last-minute glitch or chore Tuesday p.m. Your energy, charisma and effectiveness rise Wednesday/ Thursday – start things, seek attention, woo someone (in love or business) especially Thursday daytime! All month, you might meet a mate while travelling, talking. Scorpio Oct.23-Nov.21:Your status,prestige,career prospects are in question Sunday, and considering everything, the answer should be good! Your hopes, popularity and happiness rise Monday/Tuesday. But that one you’re looking at Tuesday eve won’t be a good “home mate.” (Of course, if it’s your spouse, I’ll shut up.) Retreat, rest, contemplate and plan mid-week. You could make a very lucky contact, application or agreement Thursday, involving a government agency, institution or large company. (At the very least, lucky plans form.) Your energy and charisma soar Friday/ Saturday: start something major! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Remain low-profile. Rest, contemplate, plan, deal with government agencies, large corporations and institutions. Study your life, and decide on big steps to change it where it needs changing. Remember, the decade ahead is your opportunity to erect an “earnings castle.” That means build now for higher earnings: train, choose a field, etc. All week, meditate, connect with spiritual realms, be charitable. Your career, ambitions are prominent Monday/Tuesday. The future you spy/chase/plan for Thursday is a lucky, gratifying one! Delve into that retire, contemplate and plan stuff Friday/Saturday.

BUILDING LOT, New West. 33’ x 130’. $75,000 in services paid! No HST! 4,240 total sq. feet. Priced to sell! $321,000. 604-726-0677

6050 Realty

Out Of Town Property

FOR SALE Country Retirement Home on 1.68 acres, Chilcotin Propertyguys.com ID#68108 1-250-394-4245

Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: New hopes and goals will slowly roll toward you for more than a decade ahead. One is forming this November. (It might have started in October; if so, it will “flesh out” now.) This new goal comes from deep within, emerges from a) your subconscious, or b) events that don’t seem logical on the surface. Your home becomes an “active retreat” until early December. Make new friends now, join organizations. (Try “meetup.com.”) Sunday’s for secrets. Wisdom, gentle love come Monday/Tuesday. Midweek, ambition has lucky results! Seek friends, fun, flirtation Friday/Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Be ambitious. Your place in the world has an almost imperceptible but fortunate upward lift now (and will into January). Relations with bosses, VIPs and parents are fruitful – show respect, hold up your end, put forth plans, proposals, insights – show off your skills. If you’re a civil servant, make your push/bid Wednesday; if an intellectual worker, Thursday; otherwise, push (or begin a project) Friday/ Saturday. Relationships Sunday: you puzzle someone. Mysteries, lust, research, finances Monday/Tuesday. Gentle love, understanding come Wednesday and sweetly, luckily Thursday! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Gentle love, compassion, a broader understanding and a mellow mood flow through November. You might fall in love Friday/ Saturday, when these mellow qualities are emphasized. Write, broadcast. Tackle chores Sunday. Relationships flower Monday/Tuesday – though they could be a little abrupt, unpredictable Tuesday p.m. Mysteries arrive Wednesday/Thursday: great opportunity lies here, in intimacy, financial spheres, and “detective work.” Thursday’s investment or “life change” could pay off splendidly over time! Bosses, parents are touchy, impatient all November, so be diplomatic. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


F R I D AY, O C T O B E R 2 9 , 2 0 1 0 T H E VAN C O U V E R C O U R I E R

5040 5005

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

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Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396

Business Services

5017

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Financial Services

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6505

6505-12

West Van Apt. Rentals

Waterfront 6o yards

from Seawall. Very Large 1 Br, new top line appls, granite counters, drapes, carpet, tiles. Gym, gated security, keyless entry sys. Will rent quickly, Only this one available in our luxury building.

604-913-1849 2180 Argyle Avenue West Vancouver

6508

Seeking

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5060

1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms

starting from $1150

Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

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1 BR, Coal Harbour, 1420 W. Georgia, 8th flr. bright, 535sf, 6 appls, gym, water view from balc. avail now, $1200, 604-908-5424 1 BR deluxe condo. UBC Hampton Pl. 4th flr, view, w/d, u/g prkg. carpet, balcony, n/s, no pets, 1-888-892-3502 1-604-892-0262 1 BR, top flr. 50th & Main, new carpet, newly painted & clean. $650/mo + utils, ns, np, avail immed. 604-889-1512

Body Work

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• Notarizations • Wills & Estate Litigation • ICBC Claims • Divorces • Business Acquisitions

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6508

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Personals

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BRAND NEW 2br, 1ba, Condo, 6 appl, u/g prkg, 1533 E 8th Ave. Now, $1550, refs, 604-240-5322

EAST VAN, 1 BR apts. ranging between $800-$900 Incls heat/ hot water. Sec bldg, Onsite Mgr. Nr Commercial Dr. 604-255-2669 SURREY/CITY CENTRE Quattro 13733 107A Ave. Beautiful 1 bdrm suites in The Quattro, granite counter tops, insuite laundry, patio, sec.prkg, storage & gym, walk to sky train, shops & bus Avail. NOW $800 &up N/S N/P Sutton Group Email: homesforlease@ shaw.ca for a full list of rentals available or call Cindy at 604-807-1105. VAN 2 BR, 2bath Executive condo D/T. $2245. Call Quay Pacific Property Mgmt at 604-570-2786 Quoting code H70 VAN EAST 1 BR, 1bath, spacious apt, $700. Quay Pacific Property Mgmt, 570-2786, Quoting HS201

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6508

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Apt/Condos

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt new home, heated flr. wd, nr Joyce skytrain, alarm ns, np, must be clean, $1100incl utils & net, avail now, 604-837-5574

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. Included are heat & hot water, plus a spacious storage locker. Many suites have big patios and balconies with gorgeous views. Quiet and tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, gated parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. Sorry no pets. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

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Houses - Rent

2BR+DEN HOUSE, Clean, bright near 41st & Main, $1800 incl. Util, wifi, cable. 778-228-5009 ★RENT TO OWN! ★ If you have a small down payment, I have a nice home for you! Less then perfect credit OK. Call Kim 604-628-6598 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 7 Bdrm HOUSE w/3 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,488/M

WHITE ROCK - 15532 Madrona Dr 3 bdrm, HOUSE, quiet st, huge yard, dble garage, 2 yr old roof....$1,688/M Call (604)812-3718 or (604)786-4663

BURNABY CENTRE Metrotown Area - Bby

EXPERIENCED HOUSECLEANER with over 15 years work experience. Basic Residential Cleaning Only. 3 hrs minimum. Eva 604-451-3322

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR bsmt suite, laundry 1 day/ wk, no smoking, no smoking in or outside, np Marpole $900 incl 2 refs req’d. Nov 1, 604-326-0372

2 BR bsmt ste, new home, radiant heat, nr ammens, 53rd & Fraser. ns, np. $1100 incl utils. Nov. 1st 604-321-8211, 604-321-2911

CONCRETE & ASPHALT

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Drainage

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Drywall

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Honest, Reliable & Affordable

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Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, pulled the wraps off the 2011 edition of its flagship M series sedan earlier this year. It comes in both rear-drive and allwheel-drive versions and has been completely redesigned inside and out, with very attractive long and slinky exterior styling lines. The M was designed around an idea called “organic body glove,” according to Ian Forsyth, director of product and corporate planning, Nissan Canada: “We wanted to build a vehicle that’s adaptive to the environment, different road types, different styles of driving and fits so well that it becomes an extension of the driver.” Since Infiniti abandoned its Q series, the M has become the flagship sedan of the luxury division. Under the hood, there’s now a choice of V6 and V8 engines, both have small increases in displacement and substantial increases in power. Yet, because of new technology advances, the new M consumes even less fuel, despite the power improvement. Infiniti Drive is a new feature that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Eco and Snow driving modes, via a rotary dial on the centre console. Each mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping, to help optimize performance and/or fuel economy. Green and yellow lights on the instrument panel provide additional feedback on driving efficiency while in the Eco mode. Plus, the system also provides physical feedback through the gas pedal, giving a slight pushback when driven inefficiently. A new start price of $52,400, for the rear-drive M37 with a 3.7-litre V6, is $3,100 less than the 2010

model. The new rear-drive M56, with a 5.6-litre V8, sells for $66,200, which is $3,350 less than the 2010 version of the V8 powered M. All-wheel drive adds $2,500 to the cost of an M, which then becomes the M37x or M56x. There’s optional Premium ($3,800), Touring (Premium plus $5,100—AWD only) and Sport (Premium plus $7,200 —RWD only) packages; a fully loaded M56x tops out at $73,800. The increased power and torque offered by both engines comes from the use of continuously variable valve timing technology on both the intake and the exhaust valve systems. New variable valve event and lift (VVEL) technology has also been applied to the intake valves on both the V6 and V8 engines. In addition, the V8 engine now comes with direct fuel injection. The changes push V6 power up nine per cent to 330 horsepower, while V8 power is up almost 30 per cent to 420 horsepower and torque is increased 24 per cent to 417 lb-ft. Surprisingly, fuel consumption is lower by 1.7 L/100 km on the highway (M56x) and 0.8 L/100 km on the highway (M37x). Both engines are mated to a new seven-speed automatic transmission. It has manual mode operation and steering wheel paddle shifters are available. New standard features, in addition to Infiniti Drive, are power folding side-view mirrors, front door handle courtesy lights, active noise control, a rear-view monitor, plus enhancements to Intelligent Key memory (which now includes audio, navigation and climate control settings). The new M is a launch pad for an interesting collection of new technologies. There’s an active warning system called Blind Spot Intervention. In addition to alerting a driver to a vehicle in its blind-spot zone, selective brake intervention is used to help safely direct the M back into its lane of travel. A “Forest Air” system reduces unpleasant odours entering the cabin and provides a breeze-like airflow. Continued next page


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Continued from page 42 Sensors automatically open and close air intake ports to reduce the intrusion of dust, other vehicle exhaust or unpleasant odours into the cabin. It uses filters and an air purifier to help remove allergens, mould and viruses in the air and it includes humidity control feature. A special Sport Package is offered on the rear-wheel drive models and the Touring Package includes a Bose Studio Surround sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers. Design—Lower and wider, the new M has a long hood and short rear deck, which give it a high-powered profile that’s in tune with its longitudinal rear-drive powertrain. The M showcases Infiniti’s new design language and it’s a significant departure from the nice but simple styling lines of the outgoing model. It features a more fluid look with a lower belt line, a wavelike front and sculpted fenders that wrap around big wheels, which range from 18 to 20 inches in diameter. The new M has a lower and more aggressive stance, with a wider track (38mm front, 25-mm rear) and a 76-mm reduction in height. Its wheelbase remains the same, but the overall length is up, making it larger than key rivals. Interior—In addition to the multitude of new features, Infiniti has raised the quality level of materials used and paid even greater attention to user-friendly details. Particularly impressive is way the audio and HVAC system controls have been integrated into its beautifully crafted and stylish dash design. The M’s seating is generous, comfortable and supportive. Rear seat room and trunk space is better than most in this class. Overall, it’s a spacious, classy and relaxing environment to spend time in. Safety—The M has a number of innovative technologies designed to help a driver avoid dangerous situations. In addition to the already mentioned blind-spot systems, they include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a camera behind the windshield to de-

tect lane markers in front of the vehicle. If the driver does not heed the warning and return the vehicle back toward the centre of the lane of travel, the LDP system will actively assist the driver with a gentle application of the brakes. Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts and Active Tracing Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels helps enhance cornering performance. Performance—Our test car was the M37x, which is the V6 version with allwheel-drive. There’s a minor fuel-consumption penalty with the all-wheel-drive system. Its seamless operation was imperceptible on the dry road conditions experienced during our time with the M37x, yet it’s a good feature to have in a Canadian winter. The 330-horsepower V6 has more than ample power and torque for most users. It’s a little noisy during its warm-up period when started cold, but only noticeable with the windows open. Other than that, it’s a sweet engine that makes nice sounds when pushed to its higher limits. The technology parade was a bit daunting at first, but you learn to live with and love most of them. The lane-departure system we found to be the most intrusive, particularly when driving on a winding country road with good sightlines. That said, there’s an “off” button for those times when you might want to intentionally wander close to, or over, the line. Being able to select driving modes using the Infiniti Drive feature is a clever feature. The change from Normal to Sport is subtle, yet effective. In the Eco mode the gas pedal push-back felt a little strange at first, but you can push through it if you need to get by something in hurry. The score—Stylish and sophisticated, the all-new Infiniti M37x is a comfortable and easy-to-drive premium luxury sedan with a bevy of new advanced technologies. With files from Bob McHugh david.chao@leansensei.com

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erman Clark and Ken Annandale started out their careers as successful financial businessmen. But having a love for the automotive industry and seeing the business potential that Main Street had, they decided to start Clarkdale Motors in September of 1960. The business began with strictlyVolkswagens but with growth, they added the Porsche franchise. Clarkdale saw great success with their business endeavours and were greatly received by the community; this gave them the opportunity for more expansion. They decided to expand the building and add a Pre-Owned Car department and an administration wing. In 1970, the firm decided to introduce yet another line of cars to their showroom, the Audi. But with great economic success comes limited line expansion and so, by 1977 a decision had to be made. Clarkdale cut the Porsche line and decided to refocus their attentions to the growth and success of their Volkswagens and Audi’s. And by 2006, the business had created such growth that they had to narrow down their focus even further and focus just on their Volkswagens, dropping the Audi line altogether. A fire in the Parts and Administration building ended up being a strange silver lining for Clarkdale, because the fire led to the renovations of 1989. This meant a new look and an

(TOP) PRINCIPALS DENIS BARNARD AND RON HORNBY ARE THE “DRIVING FORCE” BEHIND CLARKDALE’S CURRENT SUCCESS. (LEFT) A RETROSPECTIVE PICTURE OF CLARKDALE MOTORS SHOWS OFF THE FLEET OF “BEETLES.” PHOTO: ARTRAY LTD.

expansion for the company, offering more parking and overall better customer service. In 2003, they underwent a final round of renovations, which led to the building you see at Main and 30th today. This meant a new VW Showroom and an updated VW Service and Parts facility so that Clarkdale was up to date with all of the new technologies to guarantee the best in service. Over the years Clarkdale Motors has had

great success in the Vancouver automotive industry. Denis Barnard, principal and general manager of Clarkdale, believes that this can be attributed to the “repeat business that was established years ago.” “People of Vancouver know who we are, where we are and what we do,” says Barnard, “and this is because of the great customer service that has always existed with the firm. “For many companies, great customer ser-

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A powerful, all natural oral throat spray formula that helps prevent colds or flu.

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2 racks of lamb, 7 to 8 ribs on each. 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut in thin slivers. Salt. ½ cup honey. 1 ⁄3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. 6 tablespoons lemon juice. 2 cloves garlic, finely minced. 1 teaspoon lemon zest. 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh mint leaves. 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary. ½ cup finely chopped pecans.

Heat oven to 325°F. Cut small slits all over the lamb and insert garlic slivers. Place the racks, bone side down, in a shallow roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine honey, brown sugar, lemon juice, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring, over medium-low heat, until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat. Stir in lemon peel, min, rosemary and pecans. Spoon the honey mixture over the lamb. Continue roasting, basting occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or to about 130° F. on a meat thermometer for medium rare or to desired doneness. To use a meat thermometer, insert it in the meat so that the tip is in the center of the meat and not touching bone or the roasting pan.

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31 Feeling Greasy Vol. 101 No. 87 • Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

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Worried about a tanker oil spill in the Vancouver Harbour? City council was concerned enough about it to hold a meeting in July. Now Vancouver-East NDP MP Libby Davies and colleagues Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) and Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) invite the public to a forum on oil transportation. It will take place Nov.10 at 7 p.m. at the Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert St., in Burnaby. Panelists include members of the Dogwood Initiative and the Wilderness Committee. Invitations have also been extended to First Nations groups and members of the oil and transportation industry. More information is available at Siksay’s office, 604-291-8863, or email at Siksay.B@parl.gc.ca.

Art for Life auction

The 17th annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction takes place Nov. 13 at Five Sixty Club, 560 Seymour St., from 5 to 10 p.m. The event allows art lovers to build their collections while raising funds to support Friends For Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to persons with any life-threatening illness, including HIV/AIDS, cancer or Hepatitis C. Presented by Murrick and Somerset Insurance Services, Art For Life will auction a collection of 90 artworks, donated by Vancouver’s top artists, with 100 per cent of sales benefiting Friends For Life. This year’s event includes a VIP reception with the live auction artists. The live auction takes place after the reception and features almost 40 works of art with values between $2,500 and $15,000 to bid on. The event also includes a silent auction featuring emerging local artists, live

music, performance art and a dessert gala. Guests have the chance to win one of four raffles prizes that include some travel and spa packages valued at $15,000. For information on tickets and artwork, go to www.artforlife.net.

Budget banter

It’s that time of year again. Pre-holiday season, budget time. City residents and businesses can now give feedback on the 2011 municipal budget through an online survey. A telephone survey of the public is underway. Discussions with economic and community groups are happening now until Nov. 20, and dates and locations for council budget sessions will be posted in late October. The city is seeking input on budget priorities including libraries, community centre and park operations, police and fire services, street work and garbage collection, as well as feedback on cultural events and celebrations. Budget information materials and displays are available at the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch downtown and in the city hall main floor rotunda. Printed budget information is also available at the city’s 24 community centres and displays will be moving between centres during November. The online and print information explains how the city budget is spent, current priorities, and how the city’s operating budget affects everyday programs and services. A second draft report on the operating budget is scheduled to go before council in mid-November. A final report on the 2011 budget will go to city council Dec. 2. Council is slated to make final decisions in mid-December. For more information, see vancouver.ca/budget. CAMPUS + COMMUNITY PLANNING

Ask the Dentists! by Drs Clease and Willoughby Q: Is it true that Botox® can be used to treat my headaches and sore jaw? A: Stress, fatigue, and even depression have been linked to jaw muscle tension. Sleep can be disrupted. Grinding and clenching cause severe physical discomfort, damage to the teeth, which can also be painful and costly to remedy. Another risk associated with overly tense jaw muscles is damage to the actual temporomandibular joint. Physicians tend to rely on bruxism treatments ATIENT such N EW Pas anti-anxiety medications, and physical ALprovide patients with relief. While E therapy P S CIto some patients did enjoy moderate success with these solutions, they do not effectively treat the true source of the patients’ discomfort—tense jaw muscles. Botox® treatment for TMJ is a simple, nonsurgical procedure where the reconstituted protein is injected into specific muscles in the head and neck area blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscles, putting an almost immediate end to patients’ tension troubles. Botox® injections target only the problematic muscles, so jaw function is uncompromised. It is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes. In a recent

study conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, two-thirds of patients found Botox® therapy curative of their TMJ symptoms after only one session.Some patients find that the troublesome muscles begin to atrophy after a few sessions, so injections can be performed increasingly less often and may eventually become unnecessary. If you suffer from jaw tension or jaw pain and are tired of “solutions” that aren’t really solutions at all, contact the dentist at the Vancouver Dental Spa today and ask about Botox therapy. This could very well be the relief you have been dreaming of! Your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine if Botox® treatment is the right solution for you. Please call to book your consultation now!

Development Permit Application DP 10021: SC Lot 22 Co-Development

UBC Properties Trust proposes to build a 4-storey co-development apartment building on Lot 22 in Wesbrook Place (South Campus Neighbourhood). This application will be considered by the Development Permit Board on Wednesday Nov. 10. See details below. For directions visit: www.maps.ubc.ca. For more information on this project, please visit the C&CP website: www.planning.ubc.ca

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 5:00 PM Location: Maple Room, Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall

Dentists Derek Clease and Andrew Willoughby practice at the Vancouver Dental Spa ®, 1801-805 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC (604) 879-7366 www.vancouverdentalspa.com

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Please direct questions to Karen Russell, Manager Development Services email: karen.russell@ubc.ca This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for persons with disabilities, e-mail karen.russell@ubc.ca


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Respondents to a park board poll want to see the 1.12-hectare park at West submitted illustration 16th Avenue and Ontario used for picnics and other priorities.

Central Park

with Sandra Thomas

Swimming poll

A recent poll conducted by the Vancouver park board regarding the future of Mount Pleasant Park shows 234 out of 281 respondents want an outdoor pool included in the plans. No surprise there. Poll respondents also want to see the 1.12-hectare park located West 16 Avenue and Ontario used, in order of priority, for picnics, children’s play, walking, enjoying nature and hanging out. Other amenities considered, also in order of priority, include a splash park, active sports, growing fruits and vegetables, edible landscaping, jogging, a sandbox, dog on-leash area and skateboarding. Coincidently, dog walking and sandbox both garnered the same number of positive responses—53. On Monday night, the park board will consider a proposed concept plan for the park, once home to an outdoor pool and community centre. The concept design, which is expected to be approved Monday night, includes a play area, community garden, outdoor living room, sports court, skate spot and a large lawn, where an outdoor pool could one day go if funds are ever found for the project. Once the concept is approved, a more detailed design will be completed. Construction is expected to begin on the park’s redevelopment early next year.

In the books

The park board has released its financial statements for 2010 up to Sept. 30. In total, the board has spent $41.4 million of its net operating budget, with total revenues

of $36.2 million and gross expenditures of $77.7 million. To date, payroll costs are up by $1.9 million, while utilities are down by $575,000. The board expects that by the end of the year it could have a surplus of between $700,000 and $1 million due to utility savings. To date, the 2010 Donation Program has brought in $926,109 of the more than $1 million pledged for all of 2010. Those donations included pledges through memorial benches, picnic tables and water fountains. As well, money has been secured for the Komagata Maru monument and to maintain to the Harry Jerome statue in Stanley Park.

Park plan

The park board is hosting an open house next week to offer information about plans for an East Fraserlands neighbourhood park north, proposed for the slope north of Kent Avenue North, somewhat south of the intersection of Southeast Marine Drive and Marine Way. Neighbourhood Park North will be the first park to be built as part of the East Fraserlands development. Ideas for the park include a viewpoint, walkways, seating, ornamental plantings, a children’s play area and some urban agriculture. The park board held an open house at Killarney Community Centre May 26 to share the proposed conceptual design for the park and to review and comment on ideas regarding what it should include. Next week’s open house is in conjunction with the development application public meeting for the adjacent townhouse proposal to provide the public with an opportunity to review updated plans for the park within the context of the proposed development. The open house takes place Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney St. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter:@sthomas10

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n Afghanistan she misses her husband and children. At home, she misses her gun. Kimberley Ashton is a Master Corporal in the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and one of three women profiled in Sisters In Arms, a documentary that peers into the lives of Canadian women serving on the front lines in Afghanistan. Near the outset of the documentary, Vancouver filmmaker Beth Freeman treats the audience to images from a 1943 black and white film called Proudly She Marches. The Canadian recruitment film portrays proud women marching in ridiculously long skirts and learning to drive jeeps, all for the sake of relieving a man to take a more important job, perhaps overseas. It’s an image Freeman takes apart in her 45-minute film. Ashton is a combat engineer, a job she chose after discovering women were excluded because of its physical demands. She applied to the fraternity of combat engineers in the mid-’90s, a few years after the landmark 1989 Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling that forced the military to open up all trades to women. Although only a dozen countries—mainly European countries and Canada—employ women in some role with their combat branches, the concept is a prickly one in the U.S., where women are

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Corporal Katie Hodges patrolled southern Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. photo courtesy of Paperny Films Inc. barred from joining the infantry, armour and Special Forces. It’s an ongoing debate in Washington, D.C., where reality clashes with military policy. The military wants the women, but the government is opposed—even though women were and are in de facto frontline roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women in the U.K. are also barred from combat positions. Scheduled to air on the Knowledge Network Nov. 9 at 9 p.m.

Sisters in Arms is a four-year-long labour of love for Freeman, whose younger sister inspired the documentary. Tamar Freeman weighs 116 pounds and at five-foot-three barely looks tall enough to ride the average roller coaster much less heft 75 pounds of gear, including a tactical vest, grenades and a rifle, across Kabul. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 as a medic, a decision that had a profound impact on Beth.

Tamar’s terrifying relocation set Freeman in motion to capture the stories of female frontline soldiers. Up until 1989, approximately one third of military occupations were closed to women. Even when the gates were officially open, there was reluctance to accept a woman fighting alongside men on the frontlines. Women now make up about two per cent of Canadian combat troops. While Freeman crisscrossed the

espite 16 years in the military and a posting in Bosnia, Ashton seems more like a kind and slightly naive substitute teacher. An uninhibited smile splashes across her face when she tells Freeman she’s getting ready to go to Afghanistan, but she also has misgivings. “I’ll miss my husband. He’s not very happy with me going over,” says the Franco-Ontarian, explaining her husband’s concern. “He was worried that I would come home different.” The fear of the mental anguish that’s been called shell shock, battle fatigue and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the destruction it can wreak on relationships, is very real for Ashton. Ashton’s husband is a corporal who also served in Afghanistan, and some of the things he endured have gone unspoken between them. She freely admits to being somewhat scared at the prospect of combat, but it isn’t her only fear. “My husband being alone, that scares me a lot, too.” Ashton explains how the strain of military relationships, and the toll a career in combat has affected her marriage. “He came home from tour and he wasn’t the same person... I don’t think he’ll ever be the same person,” she says. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 Ashton breaks down on camera as she talks about the loss of laughter she used to share with her husband and the strain on her three school-age daughters caused by what she called the “high tempo” of military life. That high tempo ultimately causes Ashton to seek an occupational transfer that will take her away from her trade as a combat engineer, a profession she loved and cultivated for 16 years, but it will also mean a chance to be a family again. “It affects me more, leaving the children. That’s three little hearts that you’re hurting every time you go away,” Ashton says in the film. After returning from her seven-month tour in Afghanistan in 2009, Ashton left her trade and is currently training as a supply technician. It’s less stressful, but it has also meant a decrease in rank. In her new job, which starts next year, she expects to issue supplies like clothing and boots to a regiment, far removed from the explosions and demolition she used to oversee as an engineer. “I am going to miss my trade, that’s for sure,” she says, speaking over the phone late at night after putting the dogs outside at her home in Chalk River, Ont. “I like to blow stuff up and things like that,” she says. Combat engineers travel everywhere with the troops, working on tasks as varied as locating landmines, diffusing explo-

ing through a lot of stuff when I got back.” Despite missing her job, Ashton believes she made the right choice. “It’s helped my husband and I, because we’re a family again,” she says. “It’s helped my kids... I get to tuck them into bed every night. “The military is great, it’s just hard sometimes to be both in the military and have a family life,” she says. When asked for what advice she’d offer a young woman thinking of joining the military, Ashton says to be particular. “Think hard,” she says. “Don’t just take any trade the military gives you.” Demonstrating the sensitivity Freeman captured on camera, Ashton apologizes for not providing better answers during the phone interview.

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Kimberley Ashton left her daughter Cassidy in Chalk River, Ont. to fight on the photo courtesy of SIA Productions Inc. front lines in Afghanistan. sives and building bridges. “I wasn’t the first female combat engineer, but I was the first to come to Petawawa,” she says of her time at the Ontario military base before her deployment. “When I first got here it was quite a shock for everyone.” Despite an easy smile, Ashton says she noted the turned heads, pointed whispers

and defiance in the face of orders that accompanied her through her military life until she was able to meet other soldiers and change one mind at a time. Ashton says she doesn’t have any regrets about baring her life on camera. “My workplace was demanding a lot of me,” she says. “It was good for me to talk about. I was go-

he difficulty of keeping in touch with family seems to be constant. Brig.-Gen. Chris Whitecross, one of the two highest ranking women in the Canadian military, blogs about the challenges of life in Afghanistan on the film’s website, sistersinarms.ca. She arrived in Afghanistan in June where she’s overseeing military communications for the next year. “I visited a local school [in Kabul] this past week and was thrilled with the sight of seeing an eight-year-old actually read from a book,” the mother of three wrote recently, noting the lack of literacy in the country. Continued on page 6

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orporal Katie Hodges, another subject of the film, comes across as laid back and excited when speaking about deploying. “I chose to join the infantry because I wanted the opposite of a desk job,” says the London, Ont. native in the film, sporting a leather jacket and a knowing grin. Hodges lists adventure and adrenaline as two of the biggest appeals of serving in the army. Imagining Hodges examining expense accounts in a cubicle is akin to picturing a thresher shark in a wading pool. As much as any parent can be at peace and understanding of their child’s dangerous occupation, Mary Hodges, Katie’s mother, seems to appreciate her daughter’s decision. “I wasn’t really surprised that she chose this type of career,” she says. “Katie was so good in the reserves that I just knew she’d do so well in this field.” Hodges, with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, seems to revel in Afghanistan, enjoying even the most mundane tasks in the country that has seen foreign armies ranging from Alexander the Great to the Soviet Union. “That’s where we do our laundry,” she says, gesturing to a clothes line at a Canadian base in Afghanistan, “old school.” The only slight break in Hodges’ relaxed demeanour appears when she discusses the length of her training. “I’m looking forward to being able to do the job that I’ve been training to do for the last four years,” she says about her deployment. Her emphasis on training makes it

“THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO KILL IN THE INFANTRY IS A FACT, BUT IT’S NOT MURDER, IT’S A JOB.”

of making Sisters In Arms with the rapid cadence of a woman who believes a picture is worth a thousand words. Although Freeman had worked on a documentary called The Whistleblower, she had never considered herself a filmmaker, and spent much of her working life getting sponsorship for events such as the Dragonboat Festival, the Tour de Gastown, and the Whistler Film Festival. Tamar, Beth’s younger sister and motivation for the film, found her military inspiration amid a household of left-leaning activists in the black and white photos of her father as a young adult, who was in the air reserves, sporting aviator sunglasses while standing in front of one of the lumbering planes belonging to the era of dogfights. The Freeman sisters—there are three in total along with one brother—were raised in a house teeming with political activism where draft dodgers stayed in the basement during the Vietnam War and discussions of creating peace between Israel and Palestine dominated the kitchen table. “We certainly didn’t grow up in a household that promoted violence or anything that would lead to a career as a soldier,” Tamar says. Tamar, a medic with the 2nd Field Ambulance, comes across as objective and honest in her sister’s film, realizing that making substantial changes in Afghanistan may take decades, but feeling a small sense of honour for her role in that transformation. “I don’t have any regrets for having served overseas,” she says. “I would deploy tomorrow.” Despite Tamar’s 12 years in the reserves, Beth says she couldn’t quite comprehend her younger sister’s decision to join the army. “It wasn’t something that we took particularly seriously,” Beth says. “It was very foreign to us.” Continued on page 7

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Corporal and medic Tamar Freeman arrived in Afghanistan in 2006. footage, she started realizing it was more than an experiment. “She can be very persuasive,” Tamar says, laughing about her decision to hoist the hands-free camera for her sister. Beth says the movie really started coming together when she attended a departure ceremony in Petawawa. “What I did for two

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soldiers, listening to how they related to each other until they became more than a haircut and a uniform. “It’s easy to say things about people when it’s not personal,” she says. “Now my sister is one of them.” The bond of the sisters is evident in the movie as Tamar discusses the death of a fellow sol-

dier while still reeling from the shock. Tamar turned the camera on herself that night following the death because of her relationship with her sister. “It was almost like I was talking to my sister,” says Tamar of the video memorials. Besides a need for space and a little more self-assurance, Tamar says her time in Afghanistan didn’t have a huge effect on her. “I don’t think I ever faced my mortality or anything that dramatic,” she says, despite one tense instance of having to point her rifle at an Afghan civilian approaching her who refused to stop when asked. Luckily, the encounter ended without incident. Tamar says she believes Canadian forces should stay in Afghanistan, albeit with a little less military force. “I hope and I think we should stay, perhaps as a smaller unit with more mentoring and liaison than the pointy end,” she says. Beth says the process of working on the film invaded her consciousness, until she couldn’t stop thinking about the film, scribbling ideas in a notepad she kept by her side all day. But while the experience was exhausting and a trial for her health, she says it did what it was originally supposed to do. “It made my sister and I much closer.” jshepherdcourier@gmail.com

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Continued from page 6 Tamar says the structured environment, the travel, and being paid to learn were all incentives to join the army. After she was deployed to Afghanistan, Tamar’s career choice took on a new gravity, and Beth says she was struck by a single terrifying thought about her sister: “She’s going to be in a war.” Tamar’s decision seems to have exacted a toll on her family. Her mother, Gilda Freeman, discusses her tension between supporting the mission and wanting her daughter out of harm’s way in the film. Two weeks after Tamar deployed, Beth was hit by a car while cycling. She said she chose to keep her injuries from her parents, given the load already weighing on them. Despite some uncertainty about whether Canada should even be sending troops to Afghanistan, and after trying to dissuade Tamar from going, Beth resolved to find a way to support her sister. She didn’t know she was beginning a film, but she needed some way to connect with Tamar, and made a request: “Could you get a camera and film as much as you can?” Seven months after Tamar’s deployment, Beth saw her sister in Petawawa, and after viewing the


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A month before Toronto voters went to the polls to elect a new mayor, staff in Vancouver’s mayor’s office were told to stop sending out derogatory tweets about Rob Ford. Ford may have been a right-wing goof who kept making political gaffes, but he was tied or leading in the opinion polls. He could very well be the top municipal dog in this country and a guy that Mayor Gregor Robertson would have to deal with. The tweeting stopped and Ford won, replacing liberal David Miller thanks to what observers in Toronto saw as an “immigrant-led working-class uprising.” A week earlier there was another stunning municipal victory. This time it was in Calgary. That conservative city came out in record numbers to elect Naheed Nenshi. He is the first Muslim to hold the mayor’s chair in any major Canadian city. While both of these elections represented a clear desire for change on the part of voters and the two men clobbered their opponents, they couldn’t be less alike. While Ford is the enemy of big government and promises to privatize every thing that isn’t nailed down, Nenshi is praising his supporters because they “believe in government again and believe that government can be a good force in our lives.” Ford attacked well-educated, privileged elites to rally his troops. Nenshi is a Harvard grad who teaches at a local university. Ford gave the mainstream media the finger and assembled a massive army of campaign workers who pulled out the vote.

allengarr Nenshi was all about social media to build his support. Seven months before the vote, he was nobody. Then he launched his campaign using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And it seems most of the media got both races wrong. But what does this mean for Vancouver? Less than you might think and likely less than the opposition NPA may hope for. Here are a few reasons why. For starters, in both Toronto and Calgary there was no incumbent mayor. Both stepped down after lengthy terms and neither was particularly tainted as far as I can tell. Here, if things go as planned, Robertson will run again, which will greatly reduce the odds against any competition. The last incumbent mayor beat at the polls in Vancouver was Jack Volrich and that was three decades ago. By the time Volrich ran for his third term in 1980, he

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Justin Bieber’s puberty cause for global concern Just as the smallest particle is the “quark,” surely the smallest news item is the “Bieber.” Or so I thought. Last Wednesday, the dumpling face of tween idol Justin Bieber was splattered across the front page of the Vancouver Sun and the Province. The latter featured a double-page pullout poster of the entertainer on Monday, and again two days later, after his mascara-staining Tuesday night performance at Rogers Arena. The Sun topped the Province with eight feature stories on Bieber before and after the concert, including one on his famous “do.” As far as I know, these papers are not publications by and for 14-year-old girls, but I’m out of the loop on their hiring practices. In the days before TMZ and Perez Hilton, a responsible managing editor kept the blaze of celebrity safely contained in the newspaper entertainment section, away from the combustible front page. But today the fire chief is also the arsonist, and the firewall between the newsroom and the advertising department is just a molten memento. The rockin’ pneumonia and boogie-woogie flu have nothing on “Bieber Fever,” which has turned newsprint and glossy publications into a vector for a social inflammation that broke out on the web. (In September of this year, it was reported that the B-boy accounted for three per cent of all traffic on Twitter.) However, this is not your usual flaming idiocy over a newly minted pop star. It’s like a mashup of Tiger Beat magazine and Charles Mackay’s Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Or a thriller about how a rogue intelligence agency captured the mojo of the Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron, and Robert Pattinson, and funnelled it into a helmet-haired android with perfect pitch and a laser tag gun. But there is trouble afoot. When Bieber began recording his second album in July 2010 in New York City, his voice was deeper than it was when he recorded his first album. His voice is cracking, and by his own admission, he can’t hit the high notes on his megahit “Baby” anymore. Perhaps I’m wrong, and his cracking voice is not just another disposable fact to anyone past Grade 10. From his humble beginnings on YouTube to his stadium-packing performances, the lad’s fame is growing exponentially to commandeer all available media. (I wonder how much longer the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists can hold out.) Biebermania has pen-

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geoffolson etrated the military-industrialentertainment complex like the Stuxnet worm, and it all hinges on the entertainer’s unthreatening prepubescence, with those knee-trembling high notes. That means his emergence into young manhood is not just a tragedy for his young fans but also a global economic security issue. That is why we must not allow the kid to age any further, and if possible, reverse the damages of the past year. At the very least, we cannot allow hormones to terrorize his apple cheeks with an insurgency of pimples. If we succeed in arresting his growth, we can be assured of a Biebermania-fuelled bear economy. With the North American market still reeling from the credit crisis and soft real estate sales, the only thing keeping it staggering along are funny-money derivatives and teenage hysteria. An aging Bieber could slam Wall Street back down onto the ground harder than Lindsay Lohan after 15 Jagermeister shots. Can we risk Bieber going all gangly, hairy and surly? Or worse, going off on a postadorable Corey Feldman brand bender? Of course we can’t. The answer is straightforward. We must cryogenically freeze the kid until science finds a way to arrest his aging process. This must become the Manhattan Project of our time. With Bieber on ice, there should be just enough economic stimuli available in b-sides, studio out-takes and promo material. Once scientists have cracked his DNA like a Rubik’s cube, and figure how to keep him cute and highpitched forever, we can defreeze the entertainer and stuff him into a waiting tour bus while his nipples are still frosty. I’m not saying I want a world with an eternal Justin Bieber entertaining generational waves of hypnotized tweens. I’m just saying that the economy is something bigger than my wants or needs. It’s a force unto itself, and if it’s screaming “Justin, Justin!” like a deranged girl scout, we must bow down before it, and offer it Bieber himself. Forever. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, competitive eating contests—such as last summer’s hot dog cram at Nat Bailey Stadium—flirt with blasphemy. submitted photo To the editor: Re: “Food talk,” Oct. 20. Kudos to Linda Watts for saying what I’ve thought for years; that speed eating is a “bizarre and disturbing sport.” It is an activity that can damage one’s body, not to mention the promotion of overindulgence and food waste.

As a Christian, I thoroughly believe that God is not happy with this kind of nosethumbing. And, as I’ve said for many years, there is likely no such thing as an “eating contest” in such countries as Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. David M. Johnson, Vancouver

Loud music in restaurants spoils appetites

To the editor: Re: “Letter of the week,” Oct. 20. Thank you for printing Karl Raab’s letter regarding loud music in restaurants. I for one have questioned the reason for this from a restaurant owner and the answer I got was: “When people have to talk louder to be heard, the orders for drinks go up.” I don’t visit restaurants any longer, the reason being the unbearable sound level of the music. I thank the Courier for paying attention to this important issue. You have done a service to countless others who would like the same issue to be addressed as often as possible. Lin Stevens, Vancouver

••• To the editor: There are studies suggesting that with the added noise people tend to eat

and drink more. Perhaps the dreaded problems with obesity and drunkenness could be curbed by merely shutting down the unnecessary noise, while simultaneously saving energy. An added benefit would be that healthcare costs would drop. Hans Schmid, president, Right to Quiet Society

••• To the editor: I would add loud TVs to the noise challenge posed by cranked-up music systems. One wonderful escape from this kind of bedlam into utter tranquility is the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay, which has steadfastly resisted installing sound systems or TVs. Another very quiet place, especially for a drink, is the lounge of the downtown Holiday Inn on Howe Street. I suggest voting with your feet (yes, walk away!) when

you enter a restaurant that overwhelms you with unwanted noise. Neil McBurney, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Several decades ago, patrons would have been shocked to see a “Smoke Free” sign in bars and restaurants. A couple of decades ago, people would have been surprised to see a “Fragrance Free” sign in public buildings, libraries and recreational facilities. Are we now ready for the next great advance? “Noise Free” and “Music Free” establishments? I hope so! Carole A. Martyn, North Vancouver

••• To the editor: Restaurant music makes it difficult to talk to friends sitting next to you. Ann Foster, Vancouver

Anti-car ‘zealotry’ ignores everyday human factor

To the editor: Re: “Permanently remove cars from Granville Street,” Letters, Oct. 20. Courier letter writer Marianna Harris writes, “Let’s make it easy for people to use transit and almost impossible for them to use cars.” The city is pretty good at the latter already. A piece of autobiography: I motorcycled to work from the age of 26 to the age of 63, in Australia, in the U.K. and since 1969 in Vancouver, thus causing fewer emissions and taking up less space. I gave it up because of injuries not related to biking. I consider myself entitled to drive a car and even to drive it downtown, though I now almost invariably go by the

Canada Line. The bone-headed zealotry of the right-thinking can become tedious, so let me add that for the past 25 years my wife and I and our two daughters have been vegetarian. I wonder if Marianna Harris is aware that meat-eating, directly and indirectly, is responsible for 51 per cent of greenhouse gases, more than all the vehicles on the road combined. So perhaps the next time she feels the urge to sound off she will consider that fact and get off the backs of those of us who need to drive cars, while doing so as little as possible. Alan Rudrum, Vancouver

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i k i p e d i a ’s article on the history of drivers licences identifies the original ‘licence’ as a handwritten note from the Grand Ducal authorities issued to Karl Benz, the inventor of the modern automobile, in 1888 permitting him to operate his car on public roads. Mr. Benz requested the Cedric Hughes note because of complaints by the citizens of Mannheim about the noise and smell of his ‘Motorwagen’. By the beginning of the 20th century many European countries, the UK, and the United States were all grappling with how to control the growing problem of more cars and more crashes. In the US, Massachusetts and Missouri issued the first drivers’ licences in 1903. Little more than identification cards, they were issued for a small fee without any driving skills examination. As the number of cars and drivers steadily increased, however, skill testing became a prerequisite for licensing. The relationship between driver education and licensing and driver competency has been an ongoing subject of interest and scrutiny from the beginning. On August 18, 1907 under the headline “Better Auto Laws are Now Needed” the New York Times published an article about driver competency that has echoed down to the present time. Prompted by the high number of arrests for speeding “since the opening of the touring season” and the numerous accidents “appalling in their results,” the article surveyed the debate over “what is going to be done about it.” Motoring laws focused on speeding as the “chief point upon which penalties [were] concentrated.” Automobile club spokespersons, while deploring the behaviour of “careless and reckless drivers” protested that speeding laws, especially on rural roads, persecuted motorists. Their solutions

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Apparently, I didn’t get the straight goods from the Vancouver Police Department when I reported in this space Oct. 20 that bike lanes are strictly for cyclists. At the time, public affairs Const. Anne Longley told me the department’s traffic enforcement unit said the separated bike lanes and the painted lanes were only for cyclists—not skateboarders, rollerbladers, etc. Chris Keam of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition read my report and contacted Longley via email to find out how the VPD reached its conclusion. Where exactly, he asked, is it mentioned in the city bylaws or Motor Vehicle Act that the lanes are restricted to cyclists? “I have heard various advocates and politicians say that bike lanes aren’t strictly for bicycles and I have made similar statements based upon those comments,” he wrote. “It’s important to me to ensure that the public has the right information in this regard.” Longley did some further investigation and discovered she was “given inaccurate information.” Turns

out, she said, there is nothing specific in the bylaws or the Act regulating the use of new or existing bike lanes or pathways. “I apologize for the error and appreciate your diligence in getting the correct information,” Longley wrote to Keam. I heard from Longley Wednesday and she told me the VPD’s traffic section will meet with the city’s engineering staff next month to sort out who exactly is allowed to use the lanes. Right now, she said, it’s unclear. “All of these things are hopefully going to be clarified in the near future,” she said. “Right now, there’s just so much that hasn’t been determined yet.” The city’s intention in adding painted lanes and separated lanes was that cyclists would have their own paths. The painted cycling symbols on the roads and the bike path signs support the intention. But until the law is sorted out, I guess I’m free to dust off my G&S Fibreflex Doug “Pineapple” Saladino deck and join my two-wheeled friends in the bike lanes. Or, maybe not. Apparently, there’re some new rules regarding skateboard use on the streets. Argh.

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In other transportation news… The NPA’s lone city councillor, Suzanne Anton, was hanging out at the Broadway-Commercial transit hub Wednesday talking rapid transit. I didn’t make it down to hear what she

said. But with this relatively new technology called email, I heard from Anton. She’s worried not enough attention is being given to the plan to run a rapid transit line from the Commercial hub to the University of B.C. The Metro Vancouver board will debate the Regional Growth Strategy Nov. 12 and Anton hopes the updated plan reinstates the importance of the Broadway line.

Coun. Suzanne Anton “The draft plan undervalued the importance of the Broadway extension and virtually ignored the needs of UBC,” she wrote. “Once the Evergreen Line is built [to Coquitlam], buses on Broadway will not be able to carry the load of new riders. If Vancouver doesn’t speak up, it may be decades before the line is completed out to UBC.” At a council meeting earlier this month, Anton said she hoped a decision on the UBC line wouldn’t be a political one. But when the line is proposed to run through a riding represented by some guy named Gordon Campbell, how can it not be political, asked the cynical scribe. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings


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Toyota dealership site tapped for tower plan Mike Howell Staff writer

The city’s downtown skyline could be changing again now that two developers want to build a 466-foot tower—the same height as One Wall Centre—near the north end of the Burrard Bridge. Reliance Properties Ltd. and Jim Pattison Developments Ltd. held a press conference Tuesday at Pattison’s Toyota dealership on Burrard Street to announce a $500-million mixed-use development called Burrard Gateway. “The Burrard Gateway site will be a very prominent and stunning architectural statement on that skyline,” said Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, which owns 14 of the 23 city lots that comprise the development. Pattison owns the other nine. The 48-storey tower is the tallest of three proposed for the project, including a 36-storey condo building (355 feet) and a 13-storey office structure (184 feet). A seven-storey “podium” will be attached to the tower and feature up to 100,000 square feet of office space. The development is spread over 23 city lots between Burrard and Hornby streets at Drake Street. It has the potential for 510 strata units and 79 or more market rental units, ranging from 600 to 1,400 square feet. Subsidized housing will not be part of the development. Although the tower exceeds the city’s view corridor guidelines by about 100 feet, the city has identified the project as one of six downtown sites that could receive an exemption and allow a taller building. This came after city council in January directed staff to report back on potential opportunities for higher buildings outside of view corridors, if they demonstrated “a new standard for green building design and recognizable architectural excellence.” The proposed design of the complex aims to achieve LEED Gold status, with an emphasis on energy savings and the use of green roofs. A 5,200 square foot daycare, a community

“THERE MAY BE LESS OF A VIEW IN THE FUTURE.” Jon Stovell

gallery, a large public courtyard and a car share program operated by Toyota are also part of the plans. The Toyota dealership will remain on the site but will be significantly upgraded with a 50,000 square foot, three-storey glass “jewel box” showroom where Toyota vehicles can be viewed from the street. If accepted by city council, the tower will obstruct views of residents living in neighbouring smaller towers. But Stovell said people who live downtown accept the cityscape is always changing. “I think a lot of people understand that,” he said. “You’re buying in a city. There may be a view, there may be less of a view in the future.” The proposal comes as the housing market remains flat. Sales remain slow at such landmark projects as the Olympic Village condo complex, built by Millennium Developments. Stovell wouldn’t say how much the units at Burrard Gateway would cost. “Millennium is going to be a successful project—we’re going to see that quite soon,” he said. “That being said, this is the downtown core, it’s a very proven, very deep market and those units can be brought on in increments. So, no, we really don’t have that concern.” The developers are in the early stages of seeing the proposal through the necessary channels at city hall, which includes filing a rezoning application, a public hearing and approval from city council. The proposal would also have to be reviewed by an expert panel of architects, including two from outside the country—a common practice in the city for reviewing proposals for buildings that exceed 450 feet. Stovell anticipated the project could be built by 2014, if accepted by council. mhowell@vancourier.com

Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, talked about the planned three-tower Burrard Gateway Tuesday at Jim Pattison’s Toyota dealership on Burrard Street. photo Dan Toulgoet


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Worried about a tanker oil spill in the Vancouver Harbour? City council was concerned enough about it to hold a meeting in July. Now Vancouver-East NDP MP Libby Davies and colleagues Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas) and Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster) invite the public to a forum on oil transportation. It will take place Nov.10 at 7 p.m. at the Confederation Seniors Centre, 4585 Albert St., in Burnaby. Panelists include members of the Dogwood Initiative and the Wilderness Committee. Invitations have also been extended to First Nations groups and members of the oil and transportation industry. More information is available at Siksay’s office, 604-291-8863, or email at Siksay.B@parl.gc.ca.

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The 17th annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction takes place Nov. 13 at Five Sixty Club, 560 Seymour St., from 5 to 10 p.m. The event allows art lovers to build their collections while raising funds to support Friends For Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to persons with any life-threatening illness, including HIV/AIDS, cancer or Hepatitis C. Presented by Murrick and Somerset Insurance Services, Art For Life will auction a collection of 90 artworks, donated by Vancouver’s top artists, with 100 per cent of sales benefiting Friends For Life. This year’s event includes a VIP reception with the live auction artists. The live auction takes place after the reception and features almost 40 works of art with values between $2,500 and $15,000 to bid on. The event also includes a silent auction featuring emerging local artists, live

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It’s that time of year again. Pre-holiday season, budget time. City residents and businesses can now give feedback on the 2011 municipal budget through an online survey. A telephone survey of the public is underway. Discussions with economic and community groups are happening now until Nov. 20, and dates and locations for council budget sessions will be posted in late October. The city is seeking input on budget priorities including libraries, community centre and park operations, police and fire services, street work and garbage collection, as well as feedback on cultural events and celebrations. Budget information materials and displays are available at the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch downtown and in the city hall main floor rotunda. Printed budget information is also available at the city’s 24 community centres and displays will be moving between centres during November. The online and print information explains how the city budget is spent, current priorities, and how the city’s operating budget affects everyday programs and services. A second draft report on the operating budget is scheduled to go before council in mid-November. A final report on the 2011 budget will go to city council Dec. 2. Council is slated to make final decisions in mid-December. For more information, see vancouver.ca/budget.

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community briefs Bloodletting

Where would Suki be without it? Edward pulses for it. And Lestat, the vampire that set pop culture’s barometer for gothic beauty and blood lust, takes it sensuously. But what is the red liquid coursing through our veins? Join Dr. Maria Issa for True Blood vs. New Blood Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Telus World for Science for some fascinating insights into the amazing liquid of life that is human blood. Issa will present a short history of the origins of

vampires and will also explain how human blood is superior to the artificial stuff. For more information, visit scienceworld.ca.

UFOs and other aliens

Did you see that unidentified flying object hovering over Cultus Lake? Did you think it was too big and too bright to be a star, a planet or a satellite? Did it move too quickly to be a helicopter? Similar UFO sightings have been reported across B.C. and this is no Halloween hoax. Join

John Tanner at the H.R. MacMillian Space Centre (1100 Chestnut at Vanier Park) for a presentation of his extensive research into these mysterious sky sightings. Gord Heath of UFO B.C. will discuss sightings in the Vancouver area, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit spacecentre.ca or call 604-738-7827.

Fashion for a cause

Take a fashionable trip through time Nov. 4 to raise money for Vancouver’s Covenant House,

which helps young people 16 to 24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, those who have been forced from their homes or those who have aged out of foster care. The Wish You Were Here vintage fashion show starts with an awards ceremony for John Casablancas’ students, followed by a musical performance by Beth Murtagh then a vintage traveller fashion show with clothes from Vancouver boutiques. The event happens at Villa

Amato, 88 East First Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, see www.jcinstitute.com/blog.

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Your BC Lions — In Their Own Words Travis Lulay - 14 I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and live there during the off-season with my wife Kimberly along with my parents, siblings and extended family, who still call the area home. I’ve been around football since I was a young kid and I decided pretty early on that I wanted to train hard and get accepted into university so I could play at the college level and ultimately pursue a professional career. You could say that I’ve been successful in reaching my goals so far! I spent the 2002 to 2005 seasons at Montana State, where I set a school record for career passing yards, led my team in rushing yards during my senior season, and concluded my college career ranked fourth all-time in rushing yards and touchdowns – the highest total for any quarterback at Montana State. While I’ve spent much of the last several years with a number of different professional football teams, I’m happy to have had these opportunities to play the game I love. Whether it’s stints in Seattle with the Seahawks of the NFL, in New Orleans with the Saints or moving overseas to play with NFL Europa’s Berlin Thunder, I know these experiences have all contributed to making me the person and player I am today. With these experiences in mind, I remember what it’s like to be a young athlete with a dream of playing at the professional level which is a big reason why taking part in the Lions’ community initiatives is so important to me. Whether it’s acting as a guest coach at a local community football practice or helping run a Timbits Camp at our practice facility, it’s a rewarding feeling to know I could be inspiring a young person to pursue their goals in sports and in life. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay enjoys taking part in the club’s community programs and working with young people to help them pursue their goals.

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City blames accident spike on driver indecision

Burrard Bridge bike lane causes rash of rear-enders Megan Stewart Staff writer

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Vancouver’s director of transportation acknowledged rear-end accidents increased for cars merging on to the Burrard Bridge following the introduction of the separated bike lane. The controversial merge lane at the intersection of Burrard and Pacific was created over a year ago and will be redesigned in the next two weeks in an attempt to improve traffic flow and safety, said Jerry Dobrovolny. In October and November 2008 before the bike lane was installed, the city recorded 13 fender bender accidents between cars on Pacific Drive where the lane joined the bridge. In the same two months a year later, that number increased by five to 18 after the lane was eliminated and vehicles were forced to merge into bridge traffic off Pacific. “That shows us a specific collision type at a specific location… went up, and we’ve looked at what changes we can make,” said Dobrovolny. He said cyclists were incidental to the increase in accidents. Changes to the road will give drivers more space to merge onto the bridge. Drivers on Pacific must yield both to cyclists in the bike lane and traffic on the bridge. Having to cross the bike lane and merge with cars simultaneously can lead

Since installation of the bike lane, rear-end accidents have increased at the intersection of Burrard and Pacific. photo Dan Toulgoet to indecision, said Dobrovolny. “[Drivers] have got two competing movements that they’re monitoring, which makes it complex and results in stops and starts and has resulted in an increase in rearend accidents.” The Hornby bike lane will link to the bridge by eliminating one of the three lanes from Burrard Street in the final block before the bridge and separating it from vehicle traffic for exclusive bicycle use. The original barricades on the

bridge will be adjusted, leaving enough open space for a vehicle to first cross the bike lane and then pause before attempting to merge into vehicle traffic on the bridge. ICBC claims associated with accidents at the intersection spiked in the 12 months following the change in traffic pattern associated with the bike lanes. Nearly an accident a day occurred in July and August 2009, with approximately 60 ICBC claims reported in those two summer

months. This is a six-fold increase over the previous summer when approximately 10 crashes were recorded in July and August. In the same period for 2007, there were 35 crashes. Dobrovolny said the city monitors specific situations to gauge undesirable changes. “It’s not appropriate to take annual totals and say [accidents] have gone up a certain percentage. We look at the data regularly, we look at it month by month and we have to normalize the data for other things that are happening.” In the same two months that rear-end collisions in the merge lane increased between 2008 and 2009, the overall number of accidents at the intersection decreased by one, Dobrovolny said. The city selected October and November as points of comparison because irregularities, such as the Olympics, were not a factor. In the 12 months after the lane was installed in July 2009, ICBC reported 220 “crashes,” a term the insurance corporation does not define in the document. Through the same 12 months in 2008, ICBC recorded 135 crashes. Numbers each month were rounded to the nearest increment of five. In the past five years, only 15 of nearly 900 ICBC accident claims at Burrard and Pacific involved a cyclist. mstewart@vancourier.com

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UBC researchers note neighbourhood’s crime, violence

Centre targets vulnerable Strathcona kids Sandra Thomas Staff writer

According to research completed by the University of B.C.’s Human Early Learning Partnership, 66 per cent of Strathcona children live in a hostile environment with daily exposure to criminal activity, homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence and social disorder. As well, that same percentage of children from the Strathcona-area near the Downtown Eastside are vulnerable to drop out of school before graduation, consistently fail to achieve the economic security of their peers, fail to meet crucial developmental milestones, lack access to primary health care and face food insecurity. But that should all change with the help of the Hastings Street Early Learning and Enrichment Centre in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, said Kate Hodgson, executive director of the Network of Inner City Community Services Society (NICCS), a network of many inner-city services and organizations. “It’s disturbing how poorly children are doing across the province,” said Hodgson. “But as an organization we have the opportunity to make a difference.” The centre, which opened Wednesday at 881 East Hastings St., is part of a “placebased” strategy. Placed-based learning takes into account the community children are growing up in and often involves getting students and teachers working to solve neighbourhood problems together. The new centre provides access to a weekly licensed pre-school learning centre for 100-plus children, parent training, employment support and resources, and enrichment programs to address safety, health and well-being of inner city families. Hodgson noted the new centre was made a reality without any government funding. Instead, donations of cash and in-kind support came from many private and corporate donors, including Concert Properties, Concord Pacific, Habitat for Humanity, the Steve Nash Foundation, the Vancouver Canucks and inner-city parents. The centre is a joint project with NICCSS, Ray Cam Cooperative Centre and Strathcona Community Centre. Dr. Clyde Hertzman of UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership helped create the Early Development Instrument, (EDI) a 110-question test distributed to kinder-

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garten students in B.C., on which much of the research is based. The EDI was developed on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, which wanted to create a database about B.C. children, including where they live, grow up and learn. It also takes into account five areas of child development—language and cognitive development, emotional maturity, physical health and well-being, communication skills and general knowledge. Hodgson explained the new centre is part of an initiative modelled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which seeks to eradicate poverty though education. That approach includes working block by block within a 100 square-blocks of Manhattan in an attempt to “create a safety net woven so tightly, no child can fall through.” “The approach we’re taking also goes block by block and by that, no child will slip through the cracks,” said Hodgson. “We want to make sure every child will succeed.” Vision Vancouver school board trustee Sharon Gregson said it’s not just Strathcona that’s struggling with early childhood education. “This fourth wave of EDI testing shows the situation for children in this province is getting worse,” said Gregson. Gregson said school districts across the province could help more if Victoria would agree to shift all childcare and early learning services from the provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development to the Ministry of Education. She notes there’s a huge discrepancy in funding and the way services are delivered between kindergarten to Grade 12, and early learning. “That would mean much healthier EDI scores and make an immediate difference,” said Gregson. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter:@sthomas10

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sports & recreation Great Green Men

Canucks fans know them as anonymous, oppositiongoading, acrobatic and naked but for a thin covering of green Lycra. Visiting players sent to

the penalty box fight to keep their cool in the face of relentless shimmying and hip thrusting. Sport highlight reels broadcast these antics as “spandex men mock opposition.”

You know Vancouver’s Green Men. Now meet the man behind them. Wally Sullivan is the owner of Burrard Roofing and Drainage, the North Vancouver company that

first gave two tickets to the 20-something kids in body suits for a Dec. 22, 2009 game against the Nashville Predators. He’s tight-lipped on his relationship to Sully and

The Force, the adopted pseudonyms for the two former BCIT journalism students known around the continent as the Canucks unofficial green mascots. All he prefers to

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say is that Sully spent a stint working for his roofing business. Sullivan moved to Vancouver in the early 1970s and secured four season tickets at the Pacific Coliseum in 1990. He opted for seats beside the visiting team’s penalty box where he and his family could check out a parade of different athletes. The Force and Sully attended their 13th game at Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place) Tuesday when the Colorado Avalanche came to town, and the Canucks are now 1-0 this 2010-11 season with the Green Men in attendance. Their antics have evolved since Dave Scatchard’s first penalty last year led to the inaugural Green Men appearance when The Force and Sully said their goal was simply to be spotted by cameras and broadcast to fans inside the arena. Sully, shorter and wearing the darker forest green, recently added handstands to their repertoire of frenetic gyrating and tireless head bobbing. They were at city hall in April when the mayor celebrated Canucks Day. Mock Canucks jerseys have their green images emblazoned across the chest. Those first moments and every spontaneous photo and autograph since has served to solidify their relationship and reputation with fans. They are not paid by the NHL franchise and remain independent from the Canucks. They seek to rile opponents and inspire spectators in the quest for one singular goal: a Stanley Cup championship team in Vancouver. “It’s natural. It’s nothing staged and I think that’s why people embrace it,” said The Force, chatting this week with his face exposed but otherwise hanging out at the Courier newsroom in his finest green. Speculation that Canucks general manager Mike Gillis finances their visits to home games is untrue, they say. “I take offence to that,” jokes Sullivan, who takes an interest in setting the record straight and will continue to sponsor the meticulous destruction of Canucks opponents. “It ain’t easy being green.” The Green Men will join Sullivan on the job today at St. Patrick school near Main Street for Halloween. For an extended Q&A with Sully and The Force, visit vancourier.com. —Megan Stewart mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter @MHStewart


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Actors Patrick Gallagher (l) and Dulé Hill joined Caleb’s Hope founder Holly Dignard at Steve Da Cruz’s Corner Suite Bistro for the We Build Hope benefit.

Vancouver International Writers Festival General Manager Camilla Tibbs feted authors Anosh Irani, Kevin Sylvester and Paolo Giordano at Literati.

Fred Hundreds came out for Queer youth Ryan Clayton and Jen Sung’s candlelight vigil at Emery Barnes Park to stop homophobia and bullying.

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Helping Derek work on his golf game was Kids Up Front president Marty Zlotnik at the 19th Hole fundraiser.

Lit luau: The Vancouver International Writers Festival presented Literati, its signature soiree, which kicked off the 23rd edition of the literary luau. Hundreds of bookworms gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel for the unforgettable evening of festivity, food and literary laughs. Fronted by gala chair Kelli Bodner and artistic director Hal Wake, and emceed by yours truly, the fundraiser in support of Spreading the Word generated $40,000 for the festival’s school program offering K-12 students the opportunity to engage with renowned writers. Fore the kids: President Martin Zlotnik, executive director Cindy Greaves and 400 guests worked on their swings at the 19th Hole Kids Up Front hootenanny. Guests of the event held at the Rocky Mountaineer Station enjoyed a unique evening of 12 interactive holes, spa activities, fine wine and canapés, and participated in the silent and live auction. Proceeds from the golf gala will provide underprivileged kids across Greater Vancouver access to arts, culture, sports and recreation events. Gay bash: Gallery owner Douglas Reynolds and Vancouver School Board’s anti-homophobia and diversity coordinator Steve Mulligan hosted a reception at Reynold’s Richard Street penthouse in support of Out on Screen’s Out in School programs. The fundraiser immediately followed Ryan Clayton and Jen Sung’s candlelight vigil to end homophobia and bullying. Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail.com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Douglas Reynolds and Steve Mulligan hosted a reception to raise funds for Out in School’s antihomophobia and bullying outreach program.

Michael and Cameron Barker-Fyfe bookended Joan-E at Out on Screen Out in School’s anti-homophobia and bullying reception.

Telus special project manager Kenn Hamlin and CEO Darren Entwistle open CAYA, a communication and entertainment store tailored for the LGBTQ community.

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Last year city asked library trustees to trim $1,354,000 from budget

Riley Park library will close after Hillcrest branch opens Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Closing the Riley Park library branch before the new Hillcrest branch opens won’t be on the agenda for library trustees in this year’s round of 2011 budget deliberations. “We heard what the community said with respect to not wanting to reduce the branch operations in advance of Hillcrest opening, so there is no intention of closing Riley Park early,” said head city librarian

Paul Whitney. “But it is still definitely our plan that the branch will close when Hillcrest opens.” Library administrators are analyzing potential ways to save money in anticipation of budget cuts. The city recently tabled its operating budget and needs to make up a $20 million deficit. Whitney, who’s about to retire, says the library board hasn’t been given a target yet. “We’ll obviously be considering strategies to address the budget shortfall that

will be somewhat similar to what we had to do last time around,” Whitney said. Last year the city asked library trustees to trim $1,354,000 to help with the city’s funding shortfall of $61.7 million. In addition to potentially closing the Riley Park branch in January and reducing technical, collections and administrative budgets, the library proposed reducing operating hours at 14 of its 22 branches. But at the last minute, council restored $800,000

to the library budget so it could maintain hours at the central branch and branches in communities with vulnerable children or low-income neighbourhoods. Five to 11 hours a week were cut at six branches. “We were the only department or board that had funding restored at that stage of the budget deliberations,” Whitney said. Diana Guinn, director of neighbourhood and youth services for the library, said branches with reduced hours appear to have re-

duced rates of borrowing. The library board’s next meeting is Nov. 24, and trustees have asked staff for more in-depth analysis of the users the various branches serve. The library uses the University of B.C.’s Early Development Instrument, a population-based tool that measures children’s state of development upon entry to kindergarten, as a key part of its considerations. A final report on the 2011 budget will go to city council Dec. 2. Funding from the prov-

ince isn’t anticipated to be an issue for the next two years. Hillcrest is scheduled to open, and Riley Park to close, next fall. Money in the city’s 2012 capital plan could be made available to construct the new Strathcona/Downtown Eastside library branch, but library administrators aren’t sure when the project will be ready for construction because the property on the 700 block of East Hastings needs to be rezoned. crossi@vancourier.com

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Picks of the week

1. As part of its ReACT series, the Arts Club Theatre Company presents two new works in progress at Granville Island’s Revue Stage. On Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Yvette Nolan shares a glimpse of her new play Two Old Women, while Bill Richardson and Veda Hille deliver the latest installment of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Admission by donation. More info at artsclub.com.

2. Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and prepare your liver for high doses of rum as the newly revamped Waldorf Hotel (1489 East Hastings) opens its doors to its famed tiki bar and 1950s-era Polynesian lounges for a free Halloween Party Oct. 30, 6 p.m to 2 a.m. Details at waldorfhotel.com.

3. Led by California pothead and cat lover Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast plays infectious pop songs with a layer of fuzzed-out distortion and a syrupy dose of it’s-my-party-and-I’ll-cry-if-I-want-to boy trouble. They’ll be rocking a sold out Cobalt Oct. 29, but we’re told a few tickets will be released at the door.

4. Even by Flaming Lips’ standards, the psychedelic Oklahoma band’s self-produced feature film Christmas on Mars is a strange one. Seven years in the making, the trippy sci-fi freak show featuring aliens, astronauts, hallucinations of eating babies and a labia-headed marching band screens Oct. 30 to 31 and Nov. 3 at Pacific Cinematheque. For info and show times, go to cinematheque.bc.ca.

kudos & kvetches Deal with it

Because K&K has always strived to be nonpartisan (not withstanding our unwavering allegiance to Doug Henning and the yogic flyers at the Natural Law Party) and we pride ourselves for not being complete and total whores, we have mixed feelings about an email that was passed on to us earlier this week. The email in question originated from someone deep in the bowels of city hall requesting that we give a shout-out to Vision Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal who’s turning the big 5-0—or “worldly,” as we like to call it—this Friday. To further butter us up, the requester mentioned that Deal, a.k.a. La Flama Rojo, is an avid reader of K&K and it would really raise her spirits if we publicly acknowledged she is no longer in her 40s, especially, we suspect, since most of her day will be spent navigating the tedious bureaucracy of municipal government and trying to decipher what her marbled-mouth colleague Coun. Tim Stevenson is saying. However, the problem with fulfilling birthday requests is that it sets a precedent and could open the floodgates to other well-wishers. NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton might want us to say happy

anniversary to her husband, proud parents will think it’s OK to ask that we acknowledge their son or daughter’s excellent report card, and Mayor Gregor Robertson could put in a request to send out some positive vibes and much love to Mother Earth whose weary teats nourish us all. So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to politely decline. It’s not that we don’t wish Heather Deal a happy 50th birthday, it’s more that we can’t risk the repercussions of wishing her a happy 50th birthday. To quote Tim Stevenson: “Arhhhh, ya, ittsa fourly biscuity tucker-ducken ra ra ra.”

Dirty Ds done dirt cheap

In other scintillating city hall news, city council, having some spare time on its hands, have proclaimed Nov. 2 “Vitamin D Day” in an effort to raise awareness of the vitamin’s many health benefits—some of which include reduced risk of chronic diseases, boosted immune systems and a general air of douchebaggy self-righteousness and feelings of invincibility by regular vitamin D users. What exactly happens on Vitamin D Day? Will the mayor dress up as a ray of sunshine? When will Vancouver finally proclaim Riboflavin Day,

which we’ve been demanding for years now? Unfortunately, the lack of vitamin D in K&K’s diet has rendered us too tired and depressed to seriously contemplate such rhetorical questions… or read the rest of the press release.

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Good news, Anne Murray fans who can’t or are too lazy to read. According to a press release, the musical snowbird’s “well-written memoir” All Of Me has finally been turned into an audiobook. Not only does the digital equivalent of a hot stone massage document Murray’s life “from humble origins in the tragedy-plagued coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to her arrival on the world stage,” the entire thing is read by the legendary singer herself. That means no strained eyes, no tiresome turning of pages, just Murray’s maple syrup voice oozing into your ears like shadows in the moonlight or putting your hand in the hand of the man etc. And speaking from personal experience, anything by Anne Murray is best enjoyed when your hands are free, a dance you can have for the rest of your life and fly away.


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How quickly can a neighbourhood’s tastebuds blossom? Quicker than you think. Not that long ago you’d be hard pressed to find anything on the Downtown Eastside beyond a good bowl of noodles or Dim Sum. However, evidence of how that’s all changed comes with the unveiling of EAT Drink Local, the neighbourhood’s first—and affordable—culinary celebration. I like EAT Drink Local’s approach: for a $20 bill you can enjoy a decent entrée and a “bevvy” of your choice, which adds up to a pretty good deal. For instance, $20 at Au Petit Chavignol buys you a choice of wild mushroom (pine, chanterelle, portobello) mac ’n’ cheese, or pork belly confit with all the trimmings and one of the best budget reds around. Nor are these trifling plates. At warehouse-chic Two Chefs and a Table (305 Alexander St., ph. 778-233-1303), $20 gets you classic steak frites or Polderside coq au vin, nicely matched with a glass of Petales d’Osoyoos, or St. Cosmé Cotes du Rhone. All good. Just don’t forget to tip when you cash out. There’s a grass roots feel to this neighbourhood salute, which flows from the close friendships many of

these restaurateurs enjoy. “It’s a great community,” says Karl Gregg, who co-owns Two Chefs and a Table. “We all support each other— we’re tight that way—so we decided to pull together and do a cool promo that really exemplifies the East Side’s cocktail culture, food and wine.” EAT Drink Local, which also includes Gastown’s Boneta, Cork & Fin and The Diamond, runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, and Nov. 7 to 10. Find menus at eatdrinklocalweek.com.

A beer by any other name?

Local specialist beer house Stella’s is going under a new moniker these days—BierCraft—following a cease and desist demand from a similarly named outfit in Winnipeg. Owner Dean Mallel says the decision was made to move forward with a new, brand protected name, rather than spend a lot of money on lawyers and litigation. “While we were initially bummed,” Mallel says, “we started to think about what

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we do best—and obviously that’s beer.” He also notes that in the five years since the original Commercial Drive Stella’s opened there’s been “a huge explosion in the craft beer market,” which was another consideration. Stella’s—er BierCraft—still has a great Belgian selection but will also focus on the best beers from other noteworthy areas such as Oregon, California and B.C.

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Most people are extremely careful about drinking and driving, but one way you might want to avoid taking chances with B.C.’s new .05 enforcement policy is to spend more time looking at wines by the glass when dining out. Most better restaurants now offer good by-the-glass selections, which means you can not only drink less but also enjoy some other benefits. A knowledgeable host will pick the right wine to match your dish. Better still, you can mix different wine styles (and colours) at the table. We recently returned to Lupo (869 Hamilton St., ph. 604-569-2535) for a meal that included superb lobster risotto, and osso buco entrées, contrasting plates that pose a challenge when it comes to picking just one wine for the table. The solution? Let Lupo wine guru Michael Mameli come up with suitable by-the-glass matches. Also of note: Lupo’s new winter menu, and pre-show, prix fixe meals start at $29. info@hiredbelly.com


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Despite terrific song and dance numbers, dated musical delivers problematic messages

Skanky Grease needs replacing Grease

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Oct. 31 Tickets: 604.280.4444 ticketmaster.ca Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Given our highly sexualized culture, it’s no wonder Grease just keeps getting skankier and skankier. Don’t get me wrong, this Broadway Across Canada touring production is a blockbuster of a show: bold lighting, big sound and period-perfect costumes (black leather jackets, poodle skirts, crinolines and saddle shoes). The singing is terrific—especially Alyssa Herrera (Sandy), Matt Nolan (Zuko), Lauren Elaine Taylor (Rizzo) and Alicia Kelly (Marty). Written in 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey but set in the ’50s at Rydell High, a fictional American highschool, the show’s explosive choreography revisits the hand jive, the monkey, the swim and the twist. Opening nighters—heavy on the boomers and nostalgia-seekers— enthusiastically let themselves get warmed up by dazzlingly blinged Eddie Mekka by singing and hand

jiving in their seats as instructed. From Wikipedia comes this: “In its record-breaking original Broadway production, Grease was a raunchy, raw, aggressive, vulgar show that since has been sanitized and tamed down by subsequent productions.” While a complete loop hasn’t yet been made, that’s the direction Grease is going. Its sexual politics have always been downright ugly. So I’m glad my 13-year-old friend wasn’t with me because the message is all wrong: dress like a slut and you get the greaser. Wow, how lucky can you be? As Sandy (transformed from sweet and innocent new girl at school to a tart in tight T-shirt, butt-hugging, shiny spandex leggings and spike heels) and Danny, the greaser, ride off into the sunset you just know he’s going to “get lucky.” Is that what it’s all about? Pretty much. Sandy meets Danny at the beach in the summer. They’re kids. They “fall in love.” Sandy switches schools and ends up at Danny’s high school. He’s too cool to acknowledge Sandy, a “good girl.” Sandy loses Danny, dresses like a hooker and gets

The Broadway Across Canada touring production of Grease sings, dances and skanks it up at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. him back. “You’re The One That I Want” sings Danny, fondling the new, “improved” Sandy. The scaled down production at Theatre Under the Stars in 2007 was, in one important respect, easier to take. In that production (performed by a much younger cast) the Rydell High kids weren’t actually as tough and sexy as they pretended to be; it was a useful façade they put on to cope with the complexities of being teenagers. However,

in this production (maybe because the deception is too good), I didn’t see the innocence or uncertainty that could make Grease work. Again from Wikipedia: “The show tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict.” Teenage pregnancy? Rizzo (fabulously, fox-

ily portrayed by Taylor) momentarily fears she’s pregnant, denies Kenickie (Patrick Cragin) is the father and later discovers she’s not “PG.” End of discussion. Class consciousness/class conflict? Forget it. And what about Marty? She shows her girlfriends, The Pink Ladies, a ring from Freddy, allegedly a U.S. Marine and in “Freddy My Love” sings about his gifts: “Mama will have a heart-attack/ When she catches those peddle pushers/With the black leather patches/Oh, how I wish I had a jacket that matches.” Is it just her Marilyn Monroe sex kitten looks that are earning her that booty? If Freddy does actually exist, it smacks of perversion. If he doesn’t, it’s just plain sad. The best that can be said for Grease is that it’s a great jumping off point for discussions with youngsters about self-awareness and peer pressure, fitting in and “putting out.” Maybe in 50 years or more, audiences will look back with more fondness than I can muster, but I’m not “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Grease. I say call in the hazmat team and haul it away. joled@telus.net


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All is not lost at East Side’s Secret Soul Walk State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi Like last year, masses of Halloween partygoers won’t be able to ramp up to late-night festivities with The Parade of Lost Souls. The procession and performances didn’t proceed in 2009 because of funding cuts, and this year’s incarnation is designed to be a more intimate affair. “It’s not going to be the big, crazy street party that it’s been before,” said Ari Lazer, a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret collective, which has helped Public Dreams organize a Secret Souls Walk on Oct. 30. “But for families, people who are interested in a more contemplative affair, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Public Dreams, the non-profit society that organized The Parade of Lost Souls starting in 1994, has lost $40,000 in funding from the B.C. Arts Council and B.C. gaming grants for this year. The 2008 Parade of Lost Souls, which saw Commercial Drive closed from East First Avenue to Venables Street, cost the nonprofit $60,000. “At least a third of that went towards city costs, including police, road closures, a bill for lost parking meter revenue,” Lazer said. “That makes it really difficult to give the community of East Van

Although the days of the “crazy street party” known as the Parade of Lost Souls are over, the family-friendly Secret Souls Walk promises live performances, art installations and a zombie-led “Thriller” dance. the event that they clearly want to see.” Lazer says the city should show the immensely popular community event more support. But, as he puts it, “necessity is the mother of invention.” “We’ve had a lot of fun crafting this experience on the shoestring budget that we’re working with,” Lazer said. “That’s part of the fun of working in East Van. We’re all used to creating the art, whatever it takes.” Public Dreams has been hosting workshops on shrine building, zombie dancing, shadow puppetry, mask making, group choreography and vocal jamming for weeks in a lead-up to the walk and a family-friendly celebration at the Britannia Community Centre. Both will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with

half hour walks commencing every 10 minutes. Parade-goers can learn the location of the Secret Souls Walk at Britannia, or check Public Dream’s Facebook page on Saturday. Participants are recommended to arrive costumed and in character. At Britannia there’ll be stilt walkers, jugglers, a digital graffiti wall, face painting, music, crafts and performances. At the secret gathering spot visitors will encounter shrines, interactive art and life-sized puppets fashioned by artist Travis Jones, music and performances including a shadow puppet show by Little Woo. The Dusty Flowerpot crew of storytellers, theatre artists and other players will entice the curious into back alleys, streets

COMING UP

25 years ago the Arts Club on Granville Island hosted the very first Starry Night.This magical, musical smorgasbord has inspired devoted fans to return year after year, and continues to win a whole legion of new ones.Join us for an exciting celebration that will deliver an evening of performances by crowd favourites as well as NOVEMBER undiscovered gems.

• Our country celebrates the victories of war, each year on November 11. The Courier will inform readers about The Memory Project, courtesy the Historica-Dominion Institute, for a look at our military history.

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Hosted by the “fabulously funny” Joan-E, the brilliance of the lineup is undeniable and includes: Andrew Allen Nick Apivor Rae Armour Keith Bennett Kathleen Borthwick Jim Byrnes

Tom Landa Jane Mortifee Tom Neville Joëlle Rabu UHF (Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson, Roy Forbes)

Michael Creber Alita Dupray Babe Gurr The Higgins

Linda Kidder Kim Kuzma

and open spaces where they’ll take part in interactive stories and see performances by nearly 100 artists and those who’ve participated in the workshops. While Lazer said the walk won’t spook kids aged seven and up, he did say zombies will creep from the shadows once an hour to bust out Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance. At least 18 homeowners have volunteered their property for art installations and performances and countless others have already decorated their digs. Laura Grieco, the new general manager of Public Dreams, said the smaller manifestation of The Parade of Lost Souls is a return to the event’s roots, which initially drew collaborators, not spectators. “Public Dreams is all about

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community engagement through the arts,” she said. “When we began, it was a few families coming together, dressing up, decorating the neighbourhood and celebrating together.” But the organization would love to hold large-scale events if it had increased financial support from government, community donations and sponsors that are aligned with the spirit of the event. Public Dreams doubled its investment, raising more than $10,000 at its first big fundraising party—its 25th birthday party—at W2 Storyeum in September. While this weekend’s event may not be “raucous,” as Lazer said, revellers can plan to party to the wee hours at a similar fundraising celebration next year. crossi@vancourier.com


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KIMS MART on Broadway is looking for Cook - Korean food (2) positions. 3-5 yrs Korean cooking exp. with Sec. School Diploma req. & Korean speaking an asset. Salary - $3000/month. Resume via fax (604) 708-9953

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ACCENTUS MEDICAL Transcription Services requires Canadian MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS to work from home. Expertise in Operative Reports needed. Health Benefits now available! Please apply online www.accentus.ca/ employment.html

1285 RESEARCH SURVEY Research Survey - $75! Looking for men and women (ages: 30-48) to attend upcoming music study, taking place in downtown Vancouver (Burrard/Robson area) Tues. Nov. 9th. Those attending receive $75 for their time/ feedback. To attend, please call Shaw Research Solutions at 604-720-4833.

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Health Care

MEDICAL TRAINEES NEEDED NOW!

Doctors & Hospitals are seeking Certified Medical Administrative & Medical Office Assistants, Nursing Assistants, Pharmacy Assistants & Resident Care Assistants. No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement is available. 1-888-512-7118

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Medical/Dental

Retail Sales

ACT II BOUTIQUE

PART TIME HELP WANTED must have consignment exp. Phone 604-733-5515

1310

2010

Appliances

LIKE NEW! Fridge Stove Washer Dryer

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Warranty & Delivery Available

604.306.5134 2060

For Sale Miscellaneous

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR. '2008 Pride Jazzy Select 14: power chair for sale. Barely used. Paid $4,000, asking $2,500 obo. Call Jennifer, 778-232-5301

LADIES WEAR

Act Fast! Won’t Last! $$ GREAT DEALS !! $$

Look fabulous in all real designer clothing such as: Aritzia,TNA, ALDO Dress Shoes, Nike Kicks, Spring Dress Shoes, Guess & Mavi Jeans (jeans sizes 26-28). H&M Clothing, Calvin Klein, Garage Clothing, Puma Sports Bag. Sizes: XS or SMALL, barely worn, like new condition. Juicy Couture Jewelry are also available for sale. Photos & more info avail: mandi_babi@hotmail.com or call (604) 880-0288 Serious buyers only please! All must go, down sizing wardrobe!

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Fuel

Trades/Technical

CORAM CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISORS & CARPENTERS NEEDED Coram Construction seeking qualified people to work on PCL sites in Regina and Saskatoon. Journeyman Carpenters $30.40/hr. Good benefits plan. Call Regina@525-1644 or Saskatoon @(306) 221 -1216 Fax: (306) 525-0990 www.coram.ca

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HOTTEST JOBS

FEATURED EMPLOYMENT

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Furniture

BDRM SUITE, mahogany, living & dining room furn, 36' Sony TV , stand & speakers 604-264-0837 LEATHER SOFA, cream, brand new, was $1500, asking $750. call 604-261-5825

MOVING soon MUST sell! Thomasville Mystique Dining Ste, 6ft table x 45in & 2 inserts, Hutch w/glass & lights 6ft x 19in, 8 chairs, $2500. Sony Trinitron TV 36in & cabinet $100. Pool/ Billiard Table 3/4 size + extras, $200. Norris Metal Safe 4ftx4ft $200. All OBO. 778-552-5557

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Wanted to Buy

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

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3508 3010-03

Music/Dance Instruction

Dogs

BLACK LAB puppies 4 males 1 female 8 wks old both parents reg. Excl hunting capability. $600 No Sunday calls 604-819-1729

3508

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Dogs

GORGEOUS PUPS avail! LUNA KENNELS, Grooming and other prods coming soon! 604 807 9088 - Abbots

PACIFIC PIANO STUDIO Piano, Keyboard, Theory & Harmony Classical, Pops & Jazz All Ages & Levels FREE DEMO LESSON (604) 329-7290

In Home or W. Broadway Studio

3015

Childcare Available

Pets - Other

BOUVIER DES FLANDERS Puppies: 6 Females, 4 Males: 3 Blonde, 3 Brindle, 4 Black. View parents. $480. Coq 604-942-1916

YORKIE OR Yorkie X Maltese Toy size, local, 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

BOXERS, CKC reg. show champion lines, 9 flashy brindle males, 2 reverse, chip, wormed & shots, ready Nov 12. 604-987-0020

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Pet Services

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Registered Massage Services

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

BC REPTILE Club Show & Sale Sat Oct 30 • 10 am to 5 pm and Sun Oct 31 • 10 am to 4pm Abbotsford Exhibition Park 32470 Haida Drive, Cadet Building Abbotsford B.C Admission : Adults $4 , Kids $2 , Children under 5 Free ; Family Pass $10.00 (2 adults up to 3 kids) For more info visit us at www.bcreptileclub.com 1-604-392-5715

$45/hr. $109 Head to toe pkg. $78/2hrs Body + Facial or Waxing pkg. Brazilian Waxing from $35

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Metaphysical

LOVE SPECIALISTS. Reuniting lovers, help remove all obstacles & spiritual cleansing. Begin healing. One ? Free 1-877-998-6768

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CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS pure bred, english style, CKC reg’d, dewormed, 1st shots, ready Nov 1. $850. Call Glenn 604-230-5136

Childcare Wanted

LOOKING FOR a live-in caregiver to look after 2 school age kids. Minimum 2 yrs experience working with children. English is required. Job will entail light housekeeping duties and some kitchen tasks. ph. 604-800-0590, caregiver@chimbros.com

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Children’s Activities

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM at UBC for parents & teens.

4005

D’ARCY A 6 yr old giant schauzer/ poodle very healthy & quiet dog is looking for a good home. Likes kids, his ball & new friends. Perfect family pet. 778-991-2117

FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957 GOLDEN RETRIEVERS born Aug 31 family raised 1 shots, dewormed, vet ✔ $600. Ph 604-701-1587

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Acupuncture

A NON Surgical beauty treatment avail. Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation or lift. Dr. Wendy, 20 yrs exp. with cosmetics. #150 - 5780 Cambie St. 604-600-5658

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Travel Destinations

WHISTLER, Gorgeous 5 BR exec view home in Alpine. Winter Lease. $5000/mo. 604-649-2777

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Skiing

MT. BAKER SKI AREA - 2 cabins, 1 property. Rent one, use one. Gated community with amenities. 35 minutes from border $399,500 U.S. Maryann Angus 360-224-6704 www.mymtbakerhome.com

PLANNING A WEDDING? PLANNING A WEDDING? Vancouver Fall 2010

Bridal Bridal Showcase Showcase Vancouver Fall 2010

Recruiting volunteers to participate in a research study at UBC in a free fun internet program for the family. For more info call 604-875-2000 x 6393, email mysteps@cfri.ubc.ca. or www.childrenlivinghealthy.ca

LAB PUPS, yellow, m/f, shots, dewormed, vet checked, $500. family raised Call 604-701-1587 MALTI-SHIH & Bichon 2 m, 2 f,

dewormed, 1st shots, ready now, see parents $500 firm 604-625-7718

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PET HOTEL @YVR FREE daycare or Overnight stay for first time clients! Call now 604-238-PETS www.jetpetresort.com

Cats

CATS. Fixed - male and female rescued cats. Free to good, n/s indoor homes only. 604-513-9310

GARAGE SALES

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Richmond WHOLESALERS WAREHOUSE Moving & Clearance Sale Open to public Mon to Sat 11am - 5 pm 2300 Simpson Rd. Richmond, 604-270-1050 $1items, gift items, electronics, food items & MUCH MORE !!

South Vancouver MOVING SALE Saturday, October 30th 10am - 2pm Some furniture, household items, collectibles and some antiques. #1, 3150 East 58 Ave (in carport)

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ELEGANT FLEA MARKET

SSaturday, ATURDAY ATURDAY, TH O CTOBER 5th NNovember OVEMBER30 4TH 8:30am-3:00pm 8:30 AM - 3:00PM

West Van United Church 2062 Esquimalt Ave. West Vancouver

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP

1369 Kingsway (just west of Knight St) NG • Furniture • Houseware HI • Books • Knick Knacks SOMEFTOR NE! O RY • Jewellery • Accessories VE EAT ! E • Clothing for Women, Men GR ICES PR and Children OPEN TUES.-SAT. 10am-5pm SUNDAY 10am to 4pm Proceeds to the Tapestry Foundation in support of residential & elder care at Mount St. Joseph, Holy Family, St. Vincent’s Langara, Brock Farhni, Youville Residence & Marion Hospice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 Sunday, November 21, 2010 Doors Open: 3:30 pm Doors Open: 3:30 pm Show Begins: 4:30 pm Show Begins: 4:30 pm

MIN PIN, F, red, 8 wk, dewclawed & tails, vet ✔, incls pup pack, friendly. $650. 604-719-4404

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

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MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS Male. Ready to go! $650 firm. Only 1 left. 604-591-2137

Dogs

2 AKC registered Yorkie terriers, contact bcrandell@blumail.org

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $350+. 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

RARE! CHOCOLATE, Blue, cream & brindle. French Bulldogs, Reserve now! 604-802-6934 www.westcoastrarebulldogs.com

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180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver 180 W. Georgia St., Vancouver • Door Prizes • Door Prizes • Special Displays • Special Displays • Gift Bags • Gift Bags • Fashion Show • Fashion Show featuring: Isabelle’s Bridal featuring: Isabelle’s Bridal

For For your your complimentary complimentary tickets tickets please call Jane at 604.922.0612 please call Jane at 604.922.0612

FFRREEEE

Fairs/Bazaars

CRAFTERS STILL WANTED! Kensington Community Centre HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Dec 4th (10am – 4pm) Tables $30 5175 Dumfries St, Vancouver Call 604-718-6200 for application or email kcc_craft_fair@yahoo.com

Register online online at at www.bridalshowcase.ca www.bridalshowcase.ca Register SHIH TZU BIJON pups, 1st shots, dewormed, ready, family raised, non shed, $575 firm. 588-5195 DOBERMAN PUPS. Female/ Male. Tails/ears/dew claws done. Black/tan. $1,500. 604-607-7433

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

YELLOW LAB pups, parents PB, 1st shots, dewormed, 7 wks. $500. 604-701-9952 No sunday calls

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Fairs/Bazaars

FALL FAIR ... FUN for all! Dunbar Heights United Church

3525 West 24th Ave 24th & Collingwood

Sat. Nov 6th 10am - 2pm

Crafts, Baking, Silent Auction & Kids corner. New/nr new books, Refreshments


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010

LEGALS 5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE: The Estate of James Cameron McGregor, also known as James C. McGregor, also known as James McGregor, deceased, formerly of 308 - 8772 Hudson Street, Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1B6 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of James Cameron McGregor are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Executor at 18th Floor, 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7Y 1B6, on or before November 22, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. The Canada Trust Company, Executor. Per: Don Woods, Executive Trust Officer

5505

Legal/Public Notices

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE: The Estate of Peter Chardon Labrie, also known as Peter Labrie, deceased, formerly of 999 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6P 6Y9 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Peter Chardon Labrie are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Administrator at The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, #510 - 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4N7 on or before November 24, 2010, after which date the Administrator will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Administrator then has notice. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Administrator Per: Andrew Patrus

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS RE:The Estate of William Grimsdell Stevenson, also known as William G. Stevenson, also known as William Stevenson, deceased, formerly of #204-7155 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5P 4X6. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of William Grimsdell Stevenson are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claim should be sent to the Executor, William Fredrick Stevenson, c/o BMO Trust Company, 9th Floor, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7X 1L7 on or before November 22, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. William Fredrick Stevenson

5505

REAL ESTATE

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF ANTONIA LIVIA WYLIE, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executrix, c/o Clark Wilson LLP, 800 – 885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3H1, on or before the 17th day of December, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Livia Csilla Beck Executrix CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

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6007 NOTICE OF INTENT HOURS OF SALE FOR LIQUOR PRIMARY LICENSE

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-18

New Westminster

Sat/Sun #102-505 9th St, Uptown NWest, WOW! 1187sf, crnr 2BR + den, $199,900! 40+, Fay Tomlinson, Sutton WC, 778-772-9848

6002

604-630-3300 604-998-0218

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Deception (selfdeception?) or indecision invade your creative and romantic spheres Sunday – find certainty, comfort in work Monday/Tuesday. (Careful with tools, electricity Tuesday eve.) Relationships receive a lucky boost Wednesday/Thursday. Sexual drive propels an attraction; research tidbits, hunches or money intuition propel a business proposition. But you could worry about these very things Friday. Don’t – they’ll “help” you again Saturday. All week, don’t suspect friends. Dig deep, seek golden keys, embrace a solid, planned future. Sex is loaded with pregnant possibilities. Taurus April 20-May 20: Rest Sunday, be in nature (golf, etc.) or putter around the house. Suddenly, this night, beauty steals over things. Romance, creativity, pleasure, a winning streak enter Monday/Tuesday – this, and a strong relationship theme, and a potent sexual urge, combine to create obvious possibilities! (Don’t leave it until Tuesday p.m., though, as sudden attractions/sudden splits occur.) Tackle chores Wednesday/Thursday. A powerful relationship or relocation theme enters again Friday/Saturday. Yes, a thread of worry or indecision winds through this, but the general prospect is very favourable! Gemini May 21-June 20: You face several weeks of work and health concerns. Well, plunge in, as nothing else will succeed very much anyway. A minor, sixweek trend has just started, intensifying relationships. This will bring either anger and argument, or a new friend, perhaps lively love prospects. To some degree this depends on you and your attitude; but fate has a wee hand here, too: any new relationship (or fight) might be intended to “blow out” old attitudes and lingering links. Happiness isn’t easy – though it will be in 2011. Rest early week, seek beauty midweek. Tackle work Friday/Saturday.

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

ESTABLISHED TOW TRUCK BUSINESS FOR SALE due to health problem. Great cash base business especially in bad & snowy weather. $10,000 $12,000 income per mth. For alot more info call 604-729-1003

RE: LIQUOR CONTROL & LICENSING ACT An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC, from 2146296 Ontario Ltd., operating as the Fairmont Waterfront at 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC to change the hours of sale from the currently approved hours of: From 11:00am - 1:00am Monday to Saturday and 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday To 9:00am – 3:00am seven days a week Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9J8 PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or before (November 22, 2010). Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

Real Estate Services

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Romance, charming kids, beauty, pleasure, a gambling mood, creative urges – these flow through your days this week. Friday/Saturday could start a love affair. Indulge yourself. A chore grows larger now through early December – that’s OK, it carries strong career vibes. This is an excellent time to seek employment or purchase machinery. Something or someone will return soon on the domestic, home front – a wandering parent, child, or a real estate opportunity. It’s lucky, affectionate. (Hints Wednesday/Thursday, the “reality” next week onward.) “Home” can help a romance. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: You’ll attract attention Sunday, but you’re unsure of the “giver.” Chase money Monday/Tuesday (careful with spending Tuesday eve/night). Communications, paperwork, details, errands fill Wednesday/Thursday. You could casually meet someone sexy, or your curiosity could lead to a lucky financial revelation, investment. The financial is probably better than the sexy. (The sexy might have a short life span.) All week, especially Friday/Saturday, your home, security, children, real estate and related matters are important – you can make major strides, lucky changes, realty investments. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: This week and the next two emphasize errands, travel, communications, emails, details, casual friends, light romance. But a deeper trend, to early December, might spark friction at home, or you might grow fascinated by the urge to purchase real estate, mostly as an investment; you might begin or end a lust-based link. The pot of your security is being stirred, and you might be surprised by the stew that results by December. So be cautious, honest; proceed, but thoughtfully. You and your skills shine Monday/Tuesday – start things, get your way. Money luck Thursday! Travel Saturday.

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Burnaby

3337 Ganymede Dr, Bby N, Renod 3 lvl T/H, 3BR + rec rm, wlk to sch & amen, quick sale, $295K. Mala @ Sutton 604-710-9030

6008-30

Surrey

❏ 8655 159 St, 3 lvl T/H, 3 yrs, 3BR, 3ba, move in cond. $335K. ❏ 7837 128th St, 2 lvls T/H, 3BR, 2ba, new roof, exc cond, $310K. ❏ 10777 University Dr, Brand New High rise, 12th flr, 1BR, 1ba Condo, $299K. All Motivated. Mala @ Sutton 604-710-9030

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Houses - Sale

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Real Estate

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$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Chilliwack Promontory spotless 2403sf 4br 3.5ba w/bsmt suite $399K 824-9700 id5252 Delta Price Reduced studio condo, 19+ complex, pool, park, $99,900 597-8361 id4714 Harrison Hot Springs immaculate 1650sf 3br, 2ba rancher $389K 604-796-3531 id5222 Langley parklike acreage w/2 homes, 1 with suite, barn, $1,495,000 857-9093 id5238 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $420Kobo 722-3996 id4694 Sry Sullivan Mews ground lvl 1200sf 2br 2ba tnhse, 55+complex $220K 834-6935 id5136 Sry E Newton 1 acre lot with 2600sf 6br 2.5ba bungalow $479,900 778-549-2056 id5198 Sry E Newton 3 yr old 2276sf 5br 3.5ba w/2br bsmnt suite $465,900 807-8979 id5253

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Lots & Acreage

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: November emphasizes money, buying/selling, earnings, possessions, memory and sensual or casual intimacy (especially Friday/Saturday: avoid illusion, welcome high-tech). Sunday’s friendly – but don’t presume an attractive person reciprocates. Retreat, rest, this eve through Tuesday – all’s well, though you might be frustrated by a last-minute glitch or chore Tuesday p.m. Your energy, charisma and effectiveness rise Wednesday/ Thursday – start things, seek attention, woo someone (in love or business) especially Thursday daytime! All month, you might meet a mate while travelling, talking. Scorpio Oct.23-Nov.21:Your status,prestige,career prospects are in question Sunday, and considering everything, the answer should be good! Your hopes, popularity and happiness rise Monday/Tuesday. But that one you’re looking at Tuesday eve won’t be a good “home mate.” (Of course, if it’s your spouse, I’ll shut up.) Retreat, rest, contemplate and plan mid-week. You could make a very lucky contact, application or agreement Thursday, involving a government agency, institution or large company. (At the very least, lucky plans form.) Your energy and charisma soar Friday/ Saturday: start something major! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Remain low-profile. Rest, contemplate, plan, deal with government agencies, large corporations and institutions. Study your life, and decide on big steps to change it where it needs changing. Remember, the decade ahead is your opportunity to erect an “earnings castle.” That means build now for higher earnings: train, choose a field, etc. All week, meditate, connect with spiritual realms, be charitable. Your career, ambitions are prominent Monday/Tuesday. The future you spy/chase/plan for Thursday is a lucky, gratifying one! Delve into that retire, contemplate and plan stuff Friday/Saturday.

BUILDING LOT, New West. 33’ x 130’. $75,000 in services paid! No HST! 4,240 total sq. feet. Priced to sell! $321,000. 604-726-0677

6050 Realty

Out Of Town Property

FOR SALE Country Retirement Home on 1.68 acres, Chilcotin Propertyguys.com ID#68108 1-250-394-4245

Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: New hopes and goals will slowly roll toward you for more than a decade ahead. One is forming this November. (It might have started in October; if so, it will “flesh out” now.) This new goal comes from deep within, emerges from a) your subconscious, or b) events that don’t seem logical on the surface. Your home becomes an “active retreat” until early December. Make new friends now, join organizations. (Try “meetup.com.”) Sunday’s for secrets. Wisdom, gentle love come Monday/Tuesday. Midweek, ambition has lucky results! Seek friends, fun, flirtation Friday/Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Be ambitious. Your place in the world has an almost imperceptible but fortunate upward lift now (and will into January). Relations with bosses, VIPs and parents are fruitful – show respect, hold up your end, put forth plans, proposals, insights – show off your skills. If you’re a civil servant, make your push/bid Wednesday; if an intellectual worker, Thursday; otherwise, push (or begin a project) Friday/ Saturday. Relationships Sunday: you puzzle someone. Mysteries, lust, research, finances Monday/Tuesday. Gentle love, understanding come Wednesday and sweetly, luckily Thursday! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Gentle love, compassion, a broader understanding and a mellow mood flow through November. You might fall in love Friday/ Saturday, when these mellow qualities are emphasized. Write, broadcast. Tackle chores Sunday. Relationships flower Monday/Tuesday – though they could be a little abrupt, unpredictable Tuesday p.m. Mysteries arrive Wednesday/Thursday: great opportunity lies here, in intimacy, financial spheres, and “detective work.” Thursday’s investment or “life change” could pay off splendidly over time! Bosses, parents are touchy, impatient all November, so be diplomatic. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Accounting/ Bookkeeping

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Business Services

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6505

6505-12

West Van Apt. Rentals

Waterfront 6o yards

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6508

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5060

1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms

starting from $1150

Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

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1 BR, Coal Harbour, 1420 W. Georgia, 8th flr. bright, 535sf, 6 appls, gym, water view from balc. avail now, $1200, 604-908-5424 1 BR deluxe condo. UBC Hampton Pl. 4th flr, view, w/d, u/g prkg. carpet, balcony, n/s, no pets, 1-888-892-3502 1-604-892-0262 1 BR, top flr. 50th & Main, new carpet, newly painted & clean. $650/mo + utils, ns, np, avail immed. 604-889-1512

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7010

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BRAND NEW 2br, 1ba, Condo, 6 appl, u/g prkg, 1533 E 8th Ave. Now, $1550, refs, 604-240-5322

EAST VAN, 1 BR apts. ranging between $800-$900 Incls heat/ hot water. Sec bldg, Onsite Mgr. Nr Commercial Dr. 604-255-2669 SURREY/CITY CENTRE Quattro 13733 107A Ave. Beautiful 1 bdrm suites in The Quattro, granite counter tops, insuite laundry, patio, sec.prkg, storage & gym, walk to sky train, shops & bus Avail. NOW $800 &up N/S N/P Sutton Group Email: homesforlease@ shaw.ca for a full list of rentals available or call Cindy at 604-807-1105. VAN 2 BR, 2bath Executive condo D/T. $2245. Call Quay Pacific Property Mgmt at 604-570-2786 Quoting code H70 VAN EAST 1 BR, 1bath, spacious apt, $700. Quay Pacific Property Mgmt, 570-2786, Quoting HS201

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Apt/Condos

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt new home, heated flr. wd, nr Joyce skytrain, alarm ns, np, must be clean, $1100incl utils & net, avail now, 604-837-5574

Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. Included are heat & hot water, plus a spacious storage locker. Many suites have big patios and balconies with gorgeous views. Quiet and tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, gated parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. Sorry no pets. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

6540

Houses - Rent

2BR+DEN HOUSE, Clean, bright near 41st & Main, $1800 incl. Util, wifi, cable. 778-228-5009 ★RENT TO OWN! ★ If you have a small down payment, I have a nice home for you! Less then perfect credit OK. Call Kim 604-628-6598 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 7 Bdrm HOUSE w/3 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,488/M

WHITE ROCK - 15532 Madrona Dr 3 bdrm, HOUSE, quiet st, huge yard, dble garage, 2 yr old roof....$1,688/M Call (604)812-3718 or (604)786-4663

BURNABY CENTRE Metrotown Area - Bby

EXPERIENCED HOUSECLEANER with over 15 years work experience. Basic Residential Cleaning Only. 3 hrs minimum. Eva 604-451-3322

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR bsmt suite, laundry 1 day/ wk, no smoking, no smoking in or outside, np Marpole $900 incl 2 refs req’d. Nov 1, 604-326-0372

2 BR bsmt ste, new home, radiant heat, nr ammens, 53rd & Fraser. ns, np. $1100 incl utils. Nov. 1st 604-321-8211, 604-321-2911

CONCRETE & ASPHALT

LMD Ltd. 604-540-6567 GREEN LABEL CONSTRUCTION

Specializing in: • New Framing • Form Work •Additions • Decks • Suspended Slab

604-773-2482

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. We also do block, & stone work. Free ests. Call Basile 604-617-5813

3 BR main flr, 64th/Victoria, own w/d, sundeck, close all amens, Nov 1 or 15. $1250 + 60% utils, ns np. 604-649-2016, 604-872-3542

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

Lic. 22308

#1167 LIC Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter, WCB, low rates, 24/7. 617-1774.

Drainage

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086 DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER Call Tobias 604 782-4322 Mia Casa − Drain Tile/Sewer Line Water Line Repairs / Replacement & Cleaning. Vince 604-941-6060, Al 604-783-3142

8075

Drywall

QUALIFIED RESIDENTIAL & Commercial Electrical Contractor. Cert. 92294.. Nick 778-237-2132 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Honest, Reliable & Affordable

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FIJI ISLANDS

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Excavating

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one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

8090 Drywall Specialists • Framing Renovations • Restoration

S&S LANDSCAPING & FENCING

Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158

West Coast Cedar Installations Custom fencing, decking EST 1991

604-270-2358, Cell: 604-788-6458

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations Refinishing & Repairs Dust Free. Affordable Rates! Free Estimates.

VICTORIA DRYWALL LTD. 25 yrs exp. Reno’s & New Constr. Call Bruno ★ 604-313-2763

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

GARAGE SALE

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MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

Golden Hardwood & Laminate Prof install, refinishing, sanding, and repairs. 778-858-7263

8120

Glass Mirrors

Commercial/Residential

Store Fronts • Windows & Doors Broken Glass • Foggy Glass Patio Doors • Mirrors • Etc. 2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-603-9655

8125

Gutters

Alliance

Windows & Gutter Cleaning • Professional Power Washing • Gutter Cleaning • Window Cleaning done by hand • Contract Pricing • Will Beat Any Reputable Estimate Work Done by Professionals

Call Steve

604-723-2526 References Available

Full Seamless Gutter Installation/Repairs Soffits All jobs Guaranteed. Fully insured/WCB covered Will beat any competitors price

604-439-9417

Call: 604-240-3344

Wayne The Drywaller

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944

Fencing/Gates

PATCHING, TEXTURE / smooth ceilings, plaster walls. Small jobs. 25 years exp. Call 604-671-9901

Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

Flooring/ Refinishing

A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319

LIC ELECTRIC. Comm & Res. Bonded. Reas Rates. Free Est. Professional Work. 604 719-8603

8073

8105

INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

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ELECTRIC AVE Installations. Electrian lic# 99207, Res/comm, www.electric-ave.ca 604-215-0562

SOUTH VAN 2 BR g/lvl, nr all ammens, n/s, n/p, Nov 1. Refs. 604-327-2238, 604-889-4218

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Electrical

CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

604-916-7729 JEFF

VANCOUVER, 60TH/KNIGHT. Clean, bright 2 BR bsmt. 1,200 sf. $825 incl util. Ns/np. Ref’s a must, suits quiet people. 604-649-3525

8080

Concrete Specialist. Driveways, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551

FABULOUS NEW 1 bdrm & den, garden level, all new appl, h/w flrs, gas f/p, w/d, sm pet ok, avail Now, $1000+utils, 604-323-3922

RMD, #2/ Williams. 3 BR, grd/lvl. 1,300 sf. Cozy f/p, shared laundry, radiant heat, large fenced yard, veggie garden. $1,350/mo + util. Near schools. Nov 1st. 604-272-5644 or 778-862-5697

604-771-4772

A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/Plumbing. Rotor Rooter & Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 604-255-9026 - 778-998-9026 Free Estimates / 24 Hr Service

2 BR bsmt suite, Kerrisdale, avail now, $1050, share wd, no smoking, no pets, on bus route, 604-943-1614 2 BR, large, Dunbar & 40th, very bright garden level, all appls, heat & light, $1200, self-contained, 6 sky-lights, ns, np, 604-266-1953

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Drainage

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Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

Cleaning

CLEANING SERVICE. Reas rates, specializing in homes. Guar work. Refs avail. 604-715-4706

8073

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

DRAIN TILES, sewer lines, water lines & sumps. Mini excavation 604-230-1472 or 604-327-0885

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Updated Studio & 1 BR Apts. Rental Incentives Offered. Rent includes heat and hot water.

8055

Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374

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601 West 57th Ave, Van

BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Rates from $800. Call 604-327-9419.

■ Finishing Carpentry

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST

EXP CLEANING ladies avail 7 days/wk. Bonded. Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-928-0025

LANGARA GARDENS

2 BR, 2 bath exec rental fully furn apt. on Melville St. 938sf, fully renod br & baths, pet ok, $2000, avail now, 604-716-2256

8060

■ Closets & cabinets ■ kitchen & bath.

ENVIRO MAID INSURED and BONDED. Residential. Available on a regular basis. Excellent refs. Free est. $20 p/hr. 604-685-1344

1 BR, Kerrisdale, newly reno’d, 750sf, 5 appls incld wd, large patio, ug prkg, heat incld, ns, avail Dec 1, $1200, 604-732-3989

2 BR, 2 bath, 1400sf, 21st flr. Nelson/Jervis, hardwood, 6 appls, priv. roof top deck view of English Bay, heat h/w incld. ug prkg, storage, bike rm, indoor pool, gym & sauna, $2900, 604-685-2553

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Apt/Condos

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Business Opps/ Franchises

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8140

Heating

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Kitchens/Baths

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8155

Landscaping

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8175

Masonry

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Cabana Masonry Ltd.

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8180

Home Services

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8180

Home Services

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8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

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8205

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Renovations & Home Improvement

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8220

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Plumbing

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8200

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Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, pulled the wraps off the 2011 edition of its flagship M series sedan earlier this year. It comes in both rear-drive and allwheel-drive versions and has been completely redesigned inside and out, with very attractive long and slinky exterior styling lines. The M was designed around an idea called “organic body glove,” according to Ian Forsyth, director of product and corporate planning, Nissan Canada: “We wanted to build a vehicle that’s adaptive to the environment, different road types, different styles of driving and fits so well that it becomes an extension of the driver.” Since Infiniti abandoned its Q series, the M has become the flagship sedan of the luxury division. Under the hood, there’s now a choice of V6 and V8 engines, both have small increases in displacement and substantial increases in power. Yet, because of new technology advances, the new M consumes even less fuel, despite the power improvement. Infiniti Drive is a new feature that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Eco and Snow driving modes, via a rotary dial on the centre console. Each mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping, to help optimize performance and/or fuel economy. Green and yellow lights on the instrument panel provide additional feedback on driving efficiency while in the Eco mode. Plus, the system also provides physical feedback through the gas pedal, giving a slight pushback when driven inefficiently. A new start price of $52,400, for the rear-drive M37 with a 3.7-litre V6, is $3,100 less than the 2010

model. The new rear-drive M56, with a 5.6-litre V8, sells for $66,200, which is $3,350 less than the 2010 version of the V8 powered M. All-wheel drive adds $2,500 to the cost of an M, which then becomes the M37x or M56x. There’s optional Premium ($3,800), Touring (Premium plus $5,100—AWD only) and Sport (Premium plus $7,200 —RWD only) packages; a fully loaded M56x tops out at $73,800. The increased power and torque offered by both engines comes from the use of continuously variable valve timing technology on both the intake and the exhaust valve systems. New variable valve event and lift (VVEL) technology has also been applied to the intake valves on both the V6 and V8 engines. In addition, the V8 engine now comes with direct fuel injection. The changes push V6 power up nine per cent to 330 horsepower, while V8 power is up almost 30 per cent to 420 horsepower and torque is increased 24 per cent to 417 lb-ft. Surprisingly, fuel consumption is lower by 1.7 L/100 km on the highway (M56x) and 0.8 L/100 km on the highway (M37x). Both engines are mated to a new seven-speed automatic transmission. It has manual mode operation and steering wheel paddle shifters are available. New standard features, in addition to Infiniti Drive, are power folding side-view mirrors, front door handle courtesy lights, active noise control, a rear-view monitor, plus enhancements to Intelligent Key memory (which now includes audio, navigation and climate control settings). The new M is a launch pad for an interesting collection of new technologies. There’s an active warning system called Blind Spot Intervention. In addition to alerting a driver to a vehicle in its blind-spot zone, selective brake intervention is used to help safely direct the M back into its lane of travel. A “Forest Air” system reduces unpleasant odours entering the cabin and provides a breeze-like airflow. Continued next page


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tect lane markers in front of the vehicle. If the driver does not heed the warning and return the vehicle back toward the centre of the lane of travel, the LDP system will actively assist the driver with a gentle application of the brakes. Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts and Active Tracing Control, which adjusts engine torque and the control of braking at each of the four wheels helps enhance cornering performance. Performance—Our test car was the M37x, which is the V6 version with allwheel-drive. There’s a minor fuel-consumption penalty with the all-wheel-drive system. Its seamless operation was imperceptible on the dry road conditions experienced during our time with the M37x, yet it’s a good feature to have in a Canadian winter. The 330-horsepower V6 has more than ample power and torque for most users. It’s a little noisy during its warm-up period when started cold, but only noticeable with the windows open. Other than that, it’s a sweet engine that makes nice sounds when pushed to its higher limits. The technology parade was a bit daunting at first, but you learn to live with and love most of them. The lane-departure system we found to be the most intrusive, particularly when driving on a winding country road with good sightlines. That said, there’s an “off” button for those times when you might want to intentionally wander close to, or over, the line. Being able to select driving modes using the Infiniti Drive feature is a clever feature. The change from Normal to Sport is subtle, yet effective. In the Eco mode the gas pedal push-back felt a little strange at first, but you can push through it if you need to get by something in hurry. The score—Stylish and sophisticated, the all-new Infiniti M37x is a comfortable and easy-to-drive premium luxury sedan with a bevy of new advanced technologies. With files from Bob McHugh david.chao@leansensei.com

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ARE ALL OIL CHANGES CREATED EQUAL?

2004 or older Honda?

use the correct oil that’s compatible with your vehicle, however some will use oil that is the cheapest, not necessarily the best for your car. A good shop, regardless of whether it’s a dealership or a quick lube, will let you know the oil they are going to use, so you know it’s the proper oil for your car. Not sure if you’re in need of a new filter, or which one to use? “First check your owner’s manual, as it will let you know the appropriate time intervals to change the filter,” said Megan Currie, marketing manager for Honeywell Consumer Products Group.

“If it’s time for a new filter, select one that features at least 95 per cent dirt trapping efficiency, such as the Fram Extra Guard, which offers three times the engine protection of the average of leading economy filters.” Engine protection is the measure of a filters’ ability to not just trap dirt but to hold it for the life of the filter*. It’s also important that consumers are aware that new vehicle warranties remain in effect when filters are installed according to directions on the packaging, and replaced at least as often as vehicle manufacturer’s recommended change intervals. More information on this topic can be found at your local oil change service provider. Courtesy www.newscanada.com * Based on Honeywell testing of filter efficiency and capacity of models equivalent to PH8A, 3387A and 6607 under ISO 4548-12 for particles > 20 mcirons.

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OUT OF PROVINCE VEHICLE INSPECTION

Bonus offer is applicable to 2004 and older Honda vehicles only. Honda Fall Check Up must be purchased and as must be presented at time of service to recieve offer. Coverage limits apply to some services. Offer expires Oct 31, 2010. See your Honda dealer for full details.

HONDA FALL CHECK UP

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88

• Inspections take about 1 hourr

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• Morning appointments recommended

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Keep your Honda driving at peak performance this fall with a comprehensive multi-point inspection. Our factory-trained Honda technicians will perform an oil change, inspect your battery, brakes, tires, all fluid levels, suspension components, lights, wiper blades and much more. Price may vary by model. Plus applicable taxes. Please present coupon during write-up. Not to be combined with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value. Discount applies to Honda automotive Parts and Service only. Expires 10/31/2010.

WHERE SERVICE MEANS SERVICE

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• Mufflers, brakes, shocks & struts guaranteed for life

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* Some conditions apply. Plus applicable government taxes and levies. Most vehicles. Ask in store for details.

YOUR ONE-STOP VEHICLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR CENTRE We do engine and transmission work, plus...

General Repairs, Cooling Systems, Fuel Injection, Diagnostics, Brakes, Wheel Alignment, Power Steering, Shocks & Struts, Air Conditioning, Oil Changes, Exhaust/Muffler Inspections. We also carry a full line of quality tires and batteries.

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s more consumers make the decision to keep their car for the long haul, it’s important they stay on top of scheduled maintenance – most importantly, routine oil changes. While oil changes every 4,827 kilometers have been both the rule of thumb and subject of debate, it’s crucial consumers consult their owner’s manual and adhere to an oil change regimen, as it can be the difference between spending a little money over time, and having to buy a new car. So where does the unknowing consumer go for an oil change, what type of oil should they use and do they need a new filter? From quick lube shops to local dealers to auto repair shops, there’s an array of options available. The main point to keep in mind is choosing an oil change service provider that will take the time – typically more than 10 minutes – to drain the old oil and replace it with new, and check the oil filter and replace it if necessary. A reputable service provider will


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DEALER SPOTLIGHT

CLARKDALE MOTORS CELEBRATES HALF A CENTURY OF GREAT SALES & SERVICE by Shona Wercholuk, contributing writer

H

erman Clark and Ken Annandale started out their careers as successful financial businessmen. But having a love for the automotive industry and seeing the business potential that Main Street had, they decided to start Clarkdale Motors in September of 1960. The business began with strictlyVolkswagens but with growth, they added the Porsche franchise. Clarkdale saw great success with their business endeavours and were greatly received by the community; this gave them the opportunity for more expansion. They decided to expand the building and add a Pre-Owned Car department and an administration wing. In 1970, the firm decided to introduce yet another line of cars to their showroom, the Audi. But with great economic success comes limited line expansion and so, by 1977 a decision had to be made. Clarkdale cut the Porsche line and decided to refocus their attentions to the growth and success of their Volkswagens and Audi’s. And by 2006, the business had created such growth that they had to narrow down their focus even further and focus just on their Volkswagens, dropping the Audi line altogether. A fire in the Parts and Administration building ended up being a strange silver lining for Clarkdale, because the fire led to the renovations of 1989. This meant a new look and an

(TOP) PRINCIPALS DENIS BARNARD AND RON HORNBY ARE THE “DRIVING FORCE” BEHIND CLARKDALE’S CURRENT SUCCESS. (LEFT) A RETROSPECTIVE PICTURE OF CLARKDALE MOTORS SHOWS OFF THE FLEET OF “BEETLES.” PHOTO: ARTRAY LTD.

expansion for the company, offering more parking and overall better customer service. In 2003, they underwent a final round of renovations, which led to the building you see at Main and 30th today. This meant a new VW Showroom and an updated VW Service and Parts facility so that Clarkdale was up to date with all of the new technologies to guarantee the best in service. Over the years Clarkdale Motors has had

great success in the Vancouver automotive industry. Denis Barnard, principal and general manager of Clarkdale, believes that this can be attributed to the “repeat business that was established years ago.” “People of Vancouver know who we are, where we are and what we do,” says Barnard, “and this is because of the great customer service that has always existed with the firm. “For many companies, great customer ser-

vice is a thing of the past, but Clarkdale has certainly kept up the clientele and still has the ‘spirit and fundamentals’ that we did 50 years ago.” And with long-term staff members in place, some ranging from 10 to 40 years of service, clients can go back to the same people who have helped them in the past, which is not something a lot of automotive retailers can brag about. “This is something Clarkdale can truly be proud of,” says Barnard, “it gives us a reason to celebrate our incredible 50th anniversary, and we welcome everyone to stop by to visit!” Go to www.clarkdale.com to learn more.

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Engine flush, top up all fluids, tire rotation, safety check. Oil, lube, filter.

• Tune Up ....4 cyl. $48.95 | 6 cyl. $58.95 | 8 cyl. $68.95 • • • • •

Replace spark plugs, set timing, adjust idle speed

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604 251-2600 • 830 CLARK DR. (at Venables)

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